01215 - Systematic Zoology

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  • Teacher Marco Passamonti

  • Credits 8

  • SSD BIO/05

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Natural Sciences (cod. 8016)

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This course provides an overview of the invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Topics include animal classification and phylogeny, anatomical structure and function, and roles in the environment. Laboratory practical work emphasises observation and investigation of preserved specimens. On successful completion of the course students should be able to: describe the fundamental differences among animal body plans and relate them to evolutionary relationships among phyla; describe key issues concerning these animals in nature; identify many animal specimens to phylum, class, order, or lower taxonomic levels; identify anatomical structures from prepared specimens.

Course contents

LECTURES: phylogenesis and classification. Parazoa : Monoblastozoa . Porifera (Calcarea, Hyalospongiae , Demospongiae ); morfologia, filogenesi, autoecologia . Placozoa . Raggiata : Cnidaria ( Hydrozoa , Shyphozoa , Cubozoa , Anthozoa ); morfologia, filogenesi, autoecologia , simbiosi, metagenesi. Ctenophora . Bilatera : Acelomati : Platyhelminthes ( Turbellaria , Trematoda , Monogenea , Cestoda ); morfologia, filogenesi, autoecologia , cicli biologici. Mesozoa . Nemertea . Celomati : Protostomi : Gnathostomulida . Rotifera . Acanthocephala . Gastrotricha . Entoprocta . Bryozoa . Brachiopoda . Phoronida . Mollusca ( Monoplacophora ; Aplacophora : Caudofoveata , Solenogastres ; Polyplacophora ; Gastropoda : Prosobranchia - Achaeogastropoda , Mesogastropoda , Neogastropoda ; Opistobranchia - Tettibranchia , Nudibranchia ; Pulmonata - Basommatophora , Stylommatophora ; Bivalvia - Protobranchia , Filibranchia, Lamellibranchia , Septibranchia ; Scaphopoda ; Cephalopoda - Nautiloidea , Decapoda , Octopoda ). Annelida ( Polychaeta , Oligochaeta , Hirudinea ). Pogonophora . Echiura . Sipuncula . Ecdisiozoi : Nematoda ( Phasmida , Aphasmida ); morfologia, filogenesi, autoecologia , cicli biologici. Nematomorpha . Kinorhyncha . Priapulida . Loricifera . Onychophora . Tardigrada. Arthropoda . Chelicerata ( Merostomata - Xiphosura ; Arachnida - Scorpiones , Uropygi , Araneae , Pseudoscorpiones , Solifugae , Opiliones , Acari; Pycnogonida ); Crustacea ( Branchiopoda - Anostraca , Notostraca , Conchostraca , Cladocera ; Copepoda ; Ostracoda ; Pentastomida ; Cirripedia ; Malacostraca - Stomatopoda , Isopoda , Amphipoda , Euphasiacea , Decapoda ); Uniramia ( Diplopoda ; Chilopoda ; Insecta - Protura , Diplura , Collembola , Thysanura , Ephemeroptera , Odonata , Orthoptera , Dermaptera , Isoptera , Mallophaga , Anoplura , Tysanoptera , Hemiptera , Homoptera , Neuroptera , Coleoptera , Trichoptera , Lepidoptera , Diptera, Siphonaptera , Hymenoptera ). Celomati : Deuterostomi : Chaetognatha . Echinodermata ( Crinoidea , Asteroidea , Ophiuroidea , Echinoidea , Holoturoidea ). Hemichordata . Chordata . Urochordata ( Ascidiacea , Larvacea , Thaliacea ); Cephalocordata ; Vertebrata ( Heterostraca ; Cephalaspida ; Chondrichthyes - Elasmobranchii , Holocephali ; Osteichthyes - Brachiopterygii , Actinopterygii : Chondrostei , Olostei, Teleostei, Dipnoa , Crossopterygii ; Amphibia - Anura, Urodela , Gymnophiona ; Reptilia - Chelonia ; Rhynchocoephalia ; Squamata: Lacertilia , Amphisbaenia , Serpentes ; Crocodilia ; Aves - Paleognathae , Neognathae ; Mammalia - Prototheria ; Theria : Metatheria , Eutheria .
PRACTICE IN LABORATORY: identification of studied taxa (macroscopical and microscopical specimens).

Readings/Bibliography

Hickman et al. - Diversità animale (15°ed.) - McGraw-Hill
Mitchell, Mutchmor, Dolphin - Zoologia - Zanichelli
Westheide, Rieger - Zoologia sistematica - Zanichelli
Sabelli B. - Atlante di diversità e morfologia degli invertebrati - Piccin-Nuova Libaria

Teaching methods

Lectures, with .ppt presentatons, and practice in laboratory

Assessment methods

Oral and practical exam

Teaching tools

Macroscopic and microscopic laboratory

Office hours

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