Biology Lab Manual

Exercise 25 Aim: Study of homologous and analogous organs in plants and animals Principle: In plants and animals there are several organs or parts thereof, apparently alike in their function and appearance, but markedly different from each other in their origin and anatomical structure. These organs are called analogous organs, and the seeming similarity among them is the result of convergence, that is, adaptation to similar habitat and identical ecological niche. On the other hand, there are organs or parts thereof, which apparently are quite dissimilar to each other in appearance and perform different functions, but have the same origin and anatomy. The differences in their function and also in their appearances are the result of divergence, due to adaptive radiation to different habit, habitat and ecological niche. These organs are called homologous organs. Requirement: Plant specimens showing tendrils, thorns, etc., as given in the text or any other locallyavailable plants, a plant with normal stem, potato and onion bulb, prickly pear, specimens of phylloclade, cladode, wings of bird, cockroach and bat, and cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae of a mammal/lizard 1. Homologous Organs in Plants (i) Tendrils of passion flower and thorns of pomegranate Tendrils of passion fruit and thorns of pomegranate are structurally and functionally different but they have similar origin i.e. they arise from axillary bud Thorn (Fig. 25.1a & b). (b) (a) Fig. 25.1(a) Tendrils of passion fruit (b) Thorns of pomegranate LABORATORY MANUAL: BIOLOGY Thorns (ii) Tendrils of Vitis and thorns of Tendril Carissa Tendrils of Vitis and thorns of Carissa originate from the terminal bud, but they are functionally different (Fig. 25.2 a & b). (a) (b) Fig. 25.2 (a) Tendrils of Vitis (b) Thorns of Carissa (iii) Tendrils of baloon vine Tendril (Cardiospermum) and bulbils of Agave. Both are modifications of floral bud, but they perform different functions. Tendrils help in climbing but bulbils are meant for reproduction (Fig. 25.3 a & b). (a) (b) Fig. 25.3 (a) Tendrils of baloon vine (b) Bulbils of Agave (iv) Scale leaves of onion and spines of prickly pear (Opuntia) Both the scale leaves and spines are Spines modifications of leaves but are structurally and functionally different. Scale leaves of onion are thick and fleshy and store food. On (a) the other hand spines of cactus are (b) defensive organs (Fig. 25.4 a & b). 2. Analogous Organs in Plants Tendril (i) Stem tendrils and leaf tendrils All tendrils are analogous with one another, being structurally and functionally similar, irrespective of their origin. Example: Tendrils of pea and tendrils of Vitis. Tendrils of pea are Tendril modification of leaf and in Vitis it is the modification of terminal bud(a) (b) (Fig. 25.5 a & b). 90 EXERCISE 25 (ii) Thorns and spines Thorns and spines are analogous structures being defensive in function. Thorns are modifications of axillary or terminal buds, and spines are modifications of leaves. e.g: Thorns of pomegranate and spines of prickly pear. (iii) Modified underground stems and modified roots Modified stems (rhizome, corm, tuber) are analogous to modified roots (carrot, radish) as they perform similar function of storage of food but their origin is different. Rhizome of ginger, potato tuber, Colocasia are stems and beetroot, radish etc. are roots. (Fig. 25.6 a & b) (iv) Phylloclade, cladode and leaves They perform the same function i.e. they photosynthesise but phylloclade and cladode are modifications of stem. Phylloclade of Opuntia, Parkinsonia, Asparagus and leaves of any local plant like mango are analogous organs. (Fig. 25.7 a & b) 3. Homologous Organs in Animals (i) Wings of birds, and forelimb of mammals/reptiles/ frog: All have the same bony elements (humerus radio-ulna, carpals, metacarpals and phalanges), but perform different (flying in birds, for holding or walking etc. in other) functions. (Fig. 25.8 a & b) 4. Analogous Organs in Animals (i) Wings of dragonfly/cockroach/butterfly and of birds. (Fig. 25.9 a & b) (ii) Mandible of cockroach and mandible (lower jaw) of a vertebrate. (Fig. 25.10 c & d) Note: Students and teachers are suggested to discuss more examples. Questions (b) Fig. 25.6 (a) Modified root of carrot (b) Rhizome of ginger Spine (a) (b) (a) Fig. 25.7 (a) Phylloclade (b) Cladode of ruscus Fig. 25.8 Fore limb of (a) human (b) bat (a) (b) Fig. 25.9 Wing of (a) dragonfly (b) bird (a) (b) Fig. 25.10 Mandible of (a) cockroach (b) rabbit 1. Suggest examples of homologous and analogous organs other than what are given in the manual. 2. Why are stem and leaf tendrils considered as analogous organs? 91

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