Hydra is also the name of a distributed operating system developed at Carnegie Mellon University.
In zoology, Hydra is a of simple fresh-water animal. Found in the phylum Cnidaria, of the class Hydrozoa. Hydras' are radial in symmetry. [Cnidocytes] are unique cells used by hydras to make nematocytes. Nematocytes are stinging capsules that look like light bulbs with a wiggling string coming out of the middle. Nematocytes make an electrical discharge that is used to paralyze their prey. Hydras have an integument made of mesoglea, a gel like substance. The integument is made of an outer epidermis and internal gastrodermis that are separate from the other. The [colelentron] is in the middle of the gastrovascular cavity and is the place where the digestion process occurs. They have tenticles where the cnidocytes are held. Hydras go through a body change from a polyp to the adult form called the medusa. Hydras have nerve net for a nervous system which is primitive compared to mammalian nervous systems that they do not have a brain. Nerve nets are connecting sensory photoreceptor nerve cells that are found in the body wall of hydras. Photoreceptors detect light and send signals to the body.
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