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Zoology II (vertebrates) Description

Key Elements

Code

BIOL 217

Formation

BS Earth and life sciences

Semester

4

Credits

4

Number of Teaching Hours

36

Number of Tutoring Sessions

0

Number of Laboratory Sessions

0

Content

Objective

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the identification, Systematic/ classification, life history, anatomy, and adaptive strategies of the vertebrates. Moreover, this course enables students to learn how to know and recognize the vertebrates of Lebanon.

Content

Introduction: Phylogenic relations between Invertebrates and Vertebrates. Chapter I: Phylum Cephalochordata Chapter II: Phylum Urochordata General characteristics + definition, detailed study of an example: Ciona intestinalis, (anatomy morphology, physiology, reproduction ...) Systematic/ classification of 2 Phyla. Chapter III: THE AGNATHA: Class of Cyclostomes Study of a specimen:: the Lamprey, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Systematic/ classification, Typical characteristics of relation to sub-classes. Chapter IV: Class of Chondrichthyes Study of a specimen, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Bioecology (electric organs, migration of certain species…...), Systematic/ classification. Chapter V: Class of Osteichthyes Study of a specimen, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Bioecology (electric organs, migration of certain species…...), Systematic/ classification. Chapter VI: Class of Amphibians Study of a specimen: the frog, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Systematic/ classification of Amphibian, Anatomical and physiological particularities of relation to Anoura, Urodela and Apoda (reproduction and mating, egg laying and larval development of certain typical examples). Chapter VII: Class of Reptilians Study of a specimen: the lizard or snake, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Systematic/ classification, Anatomical particularities (scales, vision, teeth, venom glands….) et physiological particularities (mode of locomotion, reproduction and lifestyle). Chapter VIII: Class of Aves Study of a specimen: the pigeon, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Systematic/ classification, Anatomical and physiological particularities (beak, feather, feet, flight, reproduction and precocial and altrical, territory and social life, migration of certain species). Chapter IX Class of Mammals Study of a specimen: the mouse, External morphology, Internal anatomy, Systematic/ classification, anatomical and physiological particularities of major sub-classes and orders.