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BZ3725 - Herpetology

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: 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 biology.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic zoology (BS1007 or equivalent) and ecology.
Prerequisites: (ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BZ1007 OR BS1007) AND BZ2440 OR BS2460
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
ZL3211 ZL5211 BZ5725

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