Vertebrate zoology

A.Y. 2015/2016
6
Max ECTS
56
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
To provide a deep knowledge of the general and systematic aspects of Vertebrates, describing the evolutionary changes of their architecture.
Expected learning outcomes
Competence in recognizing and describing Vertebrates and in analyzing their relationship with the environment
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Molecular tools for the study of Vertebrate evolution. Evolution of basal Vertebrates. Myxiniformes and Petromyzontiformes. Evolution of Gnathostoma. Chondrichthyes: morphology and phylogeny. Osteichthyes. Biomechanics and swimming performance. Reproductive strategies in Elasmobranchs and Osteichthyes. Phylogeny and evolution of Actinopterygii. Sarcopterygii and the transition toward Tetrapoda. Amphibians: morphology, locomotion, reproductive strategies. Amphibians of the Italian fauna. Reptiles. Temperature-dependent sex determination. Phylogeny of reptiles, and the diversity of Italian fauna. Endotherms vs. ectotherms: comparison of strategies. Birds and the bio-mechanics of flight. Mammals: morphology and evolution. The orders of mammals, and the diversity of Italian species. Tools for the management of vertebrates. Environmental regulation, habitat directive and bird directive. Planning of reserves for the management of vertebrate populations. Translocation of vertebrates: introduction, supplementation, reintroduction. Captive breeding for species conservation. Techniques for the census of vertebrates.
BIO/05 - ZOOLOGY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Scari' Giorgio
Professor(s)
Reception:
Appointment needed
Dept of Bioscience