Bi0260 Taxonomy and zoological nomenclature

Faculty of Science
Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D. (lecturer), prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Bi1030 Syst. & evol. of invertebrates && Bi2090 System evolution vertebrates
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
An introduction to the terminology and methods of biological systematics and taxonomy. Special attention is paid to the methods of phylogeny reconstruction, natural classification and rules of zoological nomenclature. Practical examples and the chapter on nomenclature are primarily aimed at students of systematic zoology, the course is however open also to interested students from other branches of biology.
  • 1. Systematics, taxonomy and a brief review on their history. 2. Taxon, category, species concept, character, intraspecific variation. 3. Phenetics, review and use of multivariate statistics in contemporary taxonomy. 4. Similarity and relation, homology and homoplasy, hypothesis in systematics, phylogeny reconstruction. 5. Cladistics: (syn)apomorphy, (sym)plesiomorphy, character polarity and coding, principle of maximum parsimony, cladogram construction. 6. Character optimization and weighting, tree statistics, consensus, cladistic software, exercises. 7. Molecular taxonomy: review on molecular markers and methods, sequencing of nucleic acids. 8. Homology of molecular characters, substitution models, construction of phylogenetic tree based on molecular data. 9. Advantages and limits of molecular and morphological data, sources of error and conflict, integration of different types of data into a phylogenetic analysis. 10. Applications of phylogenetic analysis: classification, historical biogeography, tests of coevolution and evolutionary scenarios. 11-12. International code of zoological nomeclature: availability, validity and composition of names, homonymy and synonymy, principle of priority versus stability, type concept in nomenclature. 13. Work with taxonomic material and literature: collections, taxonomic revision, description of new taxa, identification keys, internet sources.
  • HOUŠA, Václav and Pavel ŠTYS. Mezinárodní pravidla zoologické nomenklatury (International Code of Zoological Nomenclature). 3. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1988. 188 pp. ISBN 21-103-88. info
  • SCHUH, Randall T. Biological Systematics. Priciples and Applications. 1. vyd. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2000. 239 pp. ISBN 0-8014-3675-3. info
  • Drozd, Pavel: Principy systematiky a taxonomie. Ostravská univerzita, Ostrava, 2004. 98 s. ISBN 80-7042-995-X.
  • KITSCHING, Jan J. and Peter L. et al. FOREY. Cladistics. The theory and practice of parsimony analysis. 2. vyd. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 228 pp. ISBN 0 19 850138 2. info
  • Winston, Judith E.: Describing species. Practical taxonomic procedure for biologists. Columbia University Press, New York, 1999. 518 s. ISBN 0-231-06825-5.
  • Wägele, Johann-Wolfgang: Foundations of phylogenetic systematics. Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, München, 2005. 365 s. ISBN 3-89937-056-2.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.