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MORPHOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS OF CHORDATA


Lesson code: 
ZO.02.08
Teaching Units: 
5
Credits (ECTS): 
8
Teachning (hours): 
4
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3

Cognitive: Training students on key issues of morphology, anatomy and taxonomy of vertebrates. Understanding the evolutionary and phylogenetic relationships in Chordates.
Affective: Awareness through the knowledge of the diversity in the animal world.
Skills: Development of skills in carrying out anatomy on the main vertebrate classes, observation and recognition of the parts of an animal body. Familiarity with the use of identification keys in characterizing vertebrate groups and identifying representative species.

Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory work and field exercises

Course Contents: 

Origin and phylogenetic relationships of Chordates. Morphology, anatomy and classification of Protochordates. Introduction to Vertebrates. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Agnatha, Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes. Introduction to Tetrapoda, evolution of systems during the transition from water to land. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Amphibians. Adaptations to land - Amniota. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Reptiles. Endotherma. Origin of birds and mammals. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of birds and mammals.  

 

Laboratory Exercises: 

1-2. Morphology, anatomy and systematics of fish
3-4. Morphology, anatomy and systematics of amphibians
5-6. Morphology, anatomy and systematics of Reptiles
7-8. Morphology, anatomy and systematics of birds
9-10. Morphology, anatomy and systematics mammals

Υπαίθριες ασκήσεις: 

Field work:
1. Potidea, Chalkidiki: Marine fish and fishing gears
2. Lake Kerkini: Observation and identification of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

 

 

Recommended books: 

1. Hickman, Roberts & Larson. 2002. Zoology: Integrated principles. Volume II. Ion Publ., Athens.

 

 

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, practicing technical or laboratory skills

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination

Blackboard / Website: 

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