BZ5725 - Herpetology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to students admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master
of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science,
Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice,
Master of Development Practice, Master of Science or Master of Science (Professional).
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 Australia's harsh environments.
The subject examines the diversity of form and function of Australian amphibians and
reptiles, emphasising the tropical fauna and will work with techniques needed to survey
them and study their biology. Students will be required to attend BZ3725 lectures
- learn and apply the basic techniques needed to survey and study the biology of amphibians
- learn to identify representatives of major taxa;
- understand the taxonomic and functional diversity of Australian amphibians and reptiles,
particularly the tropical fauna.
- end of semester exam (45%)
- other exams (15%)
- assignments (30%)
- field project report; (10%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should
have a good understanding of zoology.
|BZ3725 ZL3211 ZL5211
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