VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

What Does Each Lesson Cover? Lesson 1. Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity Taxonomic classifications • Phylum, Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species • Vertebrata, Chordata (chordates), Acrania, Urochordata (Tunicata), Ascidia, Synacidiae, Thaliacea (Salpae), Appendiculariae, Cyclostomata (Lampreys and Hagfish), Chondrichthyes (Sharks, Skates and Rays, Elephant Fishes), Osteichthyes (Bony Fishes) (Choanichthyes (Lungfish), Amphibia (Amphibians – Frogs and Toads, Newts and Salamanders, Caecilians), Reptilia (Crocodiles, Lizards and Snakes, Turtles and Tortoises, Marine Iguanas), Aves (Birds), Mammalia (Mammals). • Morphology and Evolution • Environmental and Genetic Influences • Speciation, Diversification • Convergence • Food types and distribution • Terminology. Lesson 2. Fishes: Fish Diversity - Covering major groups: • Class Agnatha (jawless fishes), • Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes) and • Class Osteichthyes (bony fishes). Lesson 3. Ectotherms –Amphibians and Reptiles: • Definitions, Endothermy, Ectotermic, Tetrapods • Urodela (Caudata) – Salamanders and Newts • Order Anura (Salientia) – Frogs and Toads • Order Apoda (Gymnophiona) – Caecilians • Class Reptilia – Reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and the extinct Dinosauria) • Order Rhynchocephalia – Tuatara • Order Chelonia (Testudines) – Turtles • Order Crocodilia – Crocodilians • Order Squamata – Lizards and Snakes Lesson 4. Birds • Physiology (Structure) and Anatomy, Feathers, Colour, Legs, Skeletal structure, Muscles, Senses, • Behaviour (Flight, Diving, etc), • Egg formation and Hatching. • Bird Taxonomy • Ratitae (flightless) birds; • Carinatea (flying birds) • Bird orders ( eg. Grebes, divers, Ducks, geese and swans, Storks, flamingoes and herons, Owls, Eagles, falcons and hawks, Pelicans, gannets and cormorants, • Chickens, turkeys, game birds and mount birds, • Rails, coots and cranes, • Pigeons and sand grouse, • Gulls, auks and plovers, • Parrots, parakeets, Hummingbirds, swifts, Woodpeckers, toucans, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and hornbills, Trogonos, quetzals, plumed birds, • Perching birds such as sparrows, starlings, swallows (Passeriformes), • Diving birds, loons, Cuckoos, coucals Nighthawks, whippoorwills, Mousebirds, etc. Lesson 5. Mammals (Mammalia) • Overview • Taxonomy • Sub classes Prototheria (egg laying animals) • Subclass Metatheria (Marsupials) and • Subclass Eutatheria (Placental mammals -these include such diverse forms as whales, elephants, shrews, and armadillos, dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, horses, monkeys and of course humans). Lesson 6. Marsupials • Subclass Metatheria (eg. kangaroos, koalas, wombats, bandicoots, opossums, phalangers, etc) • Physiology • Locomotion • Reproduction Lesson 7. Grandorders Glires and Insectivora • Rodents, Rabbits, Pikas, Hedgehogs, Moles, Shrews and Tenrecs. • Taxonomy • Structure • Adaptations. Lesson 8. Carnivores • Dogs, wolves, bears, racoons, cats, weasels, hyenas, seals, sea lions and walruses. • Taxonomy • Physiology • Adaptations Lesson 9. Hoofed Mammals (Ungulata). There are seven separate orders within Ungulata as follows: • Order Artiodactyla. This includes: Hippopotamus, Deer, Giraffe, Sheep, Cattle, Antelope, Camelids • Order Cetacea. This includes: Dolphins, Porpoises, Whales • Order Perissodactyla. This includes: Horses, Rhinoceros, Tapirs • Order Tubulidentata. This includes: Ardvarks • Order Hyracoidea. This includes: Hyraxes (or Conies) • Order Proboscidea. This includes: Elephants • Order Sirenia. This includes: Manatees and Dugongs Lesson 10. Primates and other Archonta. This grandorder is sub divided into four sub orders: • Scandentia e.g. Tree Shrews • Dermoptera e.g. Flying Lemurs, Colugos • Chiroptera. This order comprises the bats. • Primates (Or Order Primates and sub order Strepsirhini) e.g. humans, monkeys, apes and lemurs Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Environmental/VERTEBRATE-ZOOLOGY-BEN104-528.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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