SOES2011 Marine Vertebrates
Aims and Objectives
1. To introduce you to the main vertebrates found in the sea. 2. To understand the faunal characteristics of chordates and vertebrates. 3. To understand the taxonomy of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. 4. To examine the ecology of marine vertebrates with particular reference to feeding, reproduction, behaviour and migrations.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe the characteristics of chordates and vertebrates.
- Identify the main marine vertebrate taxa.
- Determine the ecology including migration patterns and behaviour of marine vertebrates.
- Knowledge of origin of chordates
- Knowledge of main vertebrate groups
- Essay and web skills
Topics will include: • Introduction and the characteristics and faunal affinities of marine vertebrates • Fish: taxonomy, ecology, reproduction and behaviour of agnathans, elasmobranchs and teleosts • Reptiles: taxonomy and characteristics, ecology reproduction of turtles, crocodiles and aligators, iguanas and sea snakes • Birds: origin and structure, ecological adaptations of wading, oceanic and flightless birds. • Mammals: characteristics and ecology including behaviour of carnivores including pinnipeds, mustelids and polar bear, dolphins and whales and sirenians.
Restricted to Marine Biology students.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal lectures: will provide an introduction to the theory underlying the characteristics and faunal affinities of marine vertebrates. Topics covered will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Visit: A visit to the Natural History Museum to see representatives of the different types of vertebrates in both whole and skeletonized form. A wide range of support is available for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Practical classes and workshops||2|
|Total study time||150|
|Examination (2 hours)||45%|