Why are Coelentrates also called Cnidaria?

Asked by  | 30th Jun, 2008, 10:46: AM

Expert Answer:

Coelenterates show the presence of specialised cells called cnidoblasts, which bear stinging structures called nematocysts. These help in capturing the prey by paralysing them with the injected toxin. Due to the presence of cnidoblasts, they are also called cnidarians.

'C' is silent. It is pronounced as 'nidaria'.

Answered by  | 30th Jun, 2008, 10:52: AM

Queries asked on Sunday & after 7pm from Monday to Saturday will be answered after 12pm the next working day.