Invertebrates: Definition & Examples


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What is an invertebrate?

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1. Which of the following is NOT an example of an invertebrate?


In which of the following ways are invertebrates important?

I. They are used as food

II. They help pollinate the food we eat

III. They help decompose organic matter

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet assesses what you know about what an invertebrate is and how they differ from vertebrates. You'll review examples of invertebrates and their common characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet checks your understanding of:

  • What is and is not an invertebrate
  • The major distinction between invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Invertebrates that humans eat
  • The percent of the life on Earth made up by invertebrates

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast vertebrates and invertebrates to be able to pick out examples of each
  • Knowledge application - review what you know about the major distinctions of invertebrates to answer a question about it
  • Information recall - see if you recall how much of the life on the planet is invertebrates

Additional Learning

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, you can find a deeper review in the lesson, Invertebrates: Definition & Examples. This lesson offers a closer look at:

  • The largest types of invertebrates
  • The largest classification of invertebrates
  • The group that spiders are a part of
  • How we rely on invertebrates