ZOOL 216L : Fish Biology
Survey course on fish classification, anatomy, physiology, genetics, and life history. Laboratory portion emphasizes identification using dichotomous keys, dissections, and student participation in research projects. (E)
BIOL& 100L or equivalent, ENGL& 101; eligibility for MATH 090/091.
- Be able to describe the taxonomic classification of the jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes
- Describe how fish evolution is understood with phylogentic systematic study
- Apply an understanding of external anatomy of fish in identification methods
- Identify distinguishing morphological characteristics and life history patterns of the major taxonomic groups of fishes (typically to order or family level)
- Describe how form relates to function such as body morphology to swimming gaits, fish pigmentation and gas bladder morphology to habitat adaptation, etc.
- Describe the anatomy, function and adaptation of major sensory systems such as vision, auditory, mechanosensory, and olfaction/gustation
- Describe the anatomy, function and adaptation of homeostatic functions of food acquisition and use; circulation and gas exchange; osmoregulation; and the endocrine/nervous control of these functions
- Apply basic genetics concepts to specific methods of laboratory methods of analyzing fish tissues.
- Describe typical reproductive anatomy, physiology, and mating strategies.
- Describe common development stages.