علم الفقاريات 2

مارس 17th, 2010

VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY

 (BIOL 3323) 

1st Semester  

  2 Theoretical Credit Hours / Week 

3 Practical Hours / Week (1 Credit + 2 Non-credit) 

The Course Lecturer: Abdel Fattah N. Abd Rabou 

Ph.D. Environmental Studies (Wildlife Ecology) 
 

 Biology Department, Faculty of Science, The Islamic University of Gaza 

E-mail: arabou@iugaza.edu 

University Telephone No.: +970 8 2823311 

University Fax No.: +970 8 2863552 

 

The Course Description  and Objectives

  

The main objective is to provide an in-depth study of vertebrate biology and ecology, with an emphasis on both pisces (=aquatic vertebrates) and tetrapods (=terrestrial vertebrates). Lectures will focus on the biology (morphology and anatomy), taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of vertebrates. The adaptations of wild animals to their natural habitats are also considered. Labs will focus on the morphology, anatomy, systematics and diversity of vertebrates.  

  

The Lecture Schedule 

Week 

Topic Covered 

1 

Introduction and some concepts related to Vertebrates 

2 

Protochordata (Acrania) 

3 

The Superclass Agnatha: Cyclostomata (Petromyzon marinus) 

4 + 5 

Class Chondrichthyes: The dogfish shark 

6 + 7 

Class Osteichthyes: The Bolti (Tilapia nilotica) 

MIDTERM! 

8 + 9 

Class Amphibia: The toad (Bufo regularis)  

10 

Class Reptilia: Snakes 

11 

Class Reptilia: Other Reptilian groups (Turtles, crocodiles and lizards) 

12 

Class Aves: The domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) and the avian flight adaptations        

13 

Class Aves: Feathers, respiration and migration in birds 

14 

Class Mammalia: The rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)          

15 

Class Mammalia: Mammalian orders and diversity 

16 

FINAL! 

  

Teaching Techniques  

  

1.       Lectures and discussions  

2.       Report and essay writing 

3.       Textbook and practical manual 

4.       Field trips  

5.       Lab work includes taxonomy, morphology and anatomy of various vertebrate classes 

6.       Midterm and final exams 

 
The Course Textbook

  

Abd Rabou, A. N. (2006): Lecture Notes on Vertebrate Zoology. Biology Department, The Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. 

  

The Course References 

  

1. Puranik, P. G. and Thakur, R. S. (1982): A text book of chordate zoology, 291p. 

2. Pearson, R. and Ball, J. N. (1981): Lecture notes on vertebrate zoology, 180p. 

3. Chiasson, R. B. and Radke, W. J. (1993): Laboratory anatomy of the vertebrates, 224p. 

4. Walker, W. (1992): Vertebrate dissection, 459p. 

5. Weichert, C. K. and Pressch, W. (1977): Elements of chordate anatomy, 526p. 

6. Kent, G. C. (1987): Comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, 646p. 

7. Saxena, R. M. and Saxena, O. P. (1981): Chordate zoology, 520p. 

8. Alexander, N. (1981): The chordates, 510p. 

9. Kluge, A. G. (1977): Chordate structure and function, 628p. 

10. Grove, A. J. and Newell, G. E. (1988): Animal biology, 911p. 

11. Campbell, N. A. (1990): Biology, 1165p. 

12. Young, J. Z. (1992): The life of vertebrates, 645p. 

13. Alexander, R. M. (1991): Animals, 509p. 

14. Hickman, C. P. et al. (1984): Integrated principles of zoology, 1065p. 

15. Halstead, B. W. et al. (1990): A colour atlas of dangerous marine animals. 

16. Nath, V. (1984): A text book of zoology, Volume II, 648p. 

  

17. منى فريد عبد الرحمن (1992): الفقاريات، 243 صفحة.     

  18. هيكمان و آخرون (1989): الأساسيات المتكاملة لعلم الحيوان (الجزء 3): علم الفقاريات و التطور (مترجم)، 342 صفحة. 

19. أحمد حماد الحسينى و إميل شنودة دميان (1986): بيولوجيا الحيوان العملية، 346 صفحة. 

20. السيد صلاح الدين النوري (1985): التشريح المقارن للفقاريات، 759 صفحة. 

  

The Course Evaluation  

  

Practical part                              30% 

Essay                                        10%
Mid-term exam(s)                       10%

Final exam                                 50% 

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Total                                       100%