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Definition

Vertebrate: refers to animals with a backbone or spinal column. Vertebrates have an endoskeleton (a skeleton inside its body), which is made of bone or cartilage.

Hawaiian Translation: Iwikuamo‘o  (when referring to animals the Hawaiian term is- Holoholona Iwikuamo‘o)


Example

parrotfish

Uhu or Parrot Fish is an example of a vertebrate because it has a backbone.

honu

The Honu or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is also a vertebrate. Their spine is attached to the roof of the inside of their shell. That is why turtles don't shed shells or jump in and out of their shell.

 


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