BZ3725 - Herpetology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Australia has one of the richest faunas of frogs and reptiles found on any continent.
The Australian herpetofauna is taxonomically and functionally diverse, with a wide
variety of ecological types, habitat requirements and life histories. Reptiles and
amphibians are poorly studied in comparison with the other terrestrial vertebrates
and are generally less vagile and more habitat-specific than birds or mammals. They
can thus serve as valuable indicators of the status of habitats and should be included
in habitat evaluations. Members of both taxa exhibit a very wide range of reproductive
and behavioural adaptations that enable them to survive in Australias harsh environments.
Examination of the diversity of form and function of Australian amphibians and reptiles,
emphasising the tropical fauna using techniques needed to survey them and study their
- to learn and apply the basic techniques needed to survey and study the biology of
amphibians and reptiles;
- to learn to identify representatives of major taxa;
- to understand the taxonomic and functional diversity of Australian amphibians and
reptiles, particularly the tropical fauna.
- end of semester exam (50%)
- other exams (15%)
- assignments (25%)
- field report; (10%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic zoology
(BS1007 or equivalent) and ecology.
||(ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BZ1007 OR BS1007) AND BZ2440 OR BS2460
|ZL3211 ZL5211 BZ5725
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