Bi2000 Animal phylogeny and diversity

Faculty of Science
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
3/0/0. 3 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Bartonička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Jana Schenková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Dipl. Biol. Jiří Schlaghamerský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Dipl. Biol. Jiří Schlaghamerský, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Dipl. Biol. Jiří Schlaghamerský, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 9:00–11:50 B11/132
(! Bi2090 Verteb. phylog. & divers. &&! Bi1030 Inverteb. phylog. & divers. )&&(! NOW ( Bi2090 Verteb. phylog. & divers. )&&! NOW ( Bi1030 Inverteb. phylog. & divers. ))&&(! B2090 System phylogeny vertebrates &&! B1030 Syst. & phyl. of invertebrates &&! B5060 Zoology of vertebrates &&! B4150 Zool. of invertebrates )
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
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Course objectives
The course gives a brief outline of the development of zoological systematics as a scientific discipline and with the principles of zoological systematics with focus on the phylogenetical approach. It provides an overview of the diversity of animals, including phylogenetically less related groups of heterotrophic eukaryotes, i.e. protozoans. The student is introduced to the major taxonomic groups and their representatives (selected based on their importance for the understanding of evolution, in the functioning of ecosystems function, and from the human perspective) and to their phylogenetic position.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- explain the principles and main terms used in zoological systematics (foremost in phylogenetic systematics - cladistics);
- demonstrate their basic knowledge of major invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, in particular:
- to give their scientific names;
- to explain their mutual genealogy - phylogenesis;
- to name and describe their major traits/characters;
- to describe the evolutionary trends in the major organ systems;
- to demonstrate a good idea of the species richness and distribution of a given group, basic facts about its way of life and ecology.
  • Principles of zoological systematics - alternative concepts, basics of phylogenetic systematics. Archezoa, Protozoa (independent regnae): brief overview of the major groups and the question of phylogenetic validity. Animalia (Metazoa) - phylogenesis and characteristics of major taxa on the Phylum level and selected taxa of subordinate levels. "Invertebrates": Porifera; Placozoa; Cnidaria; Ctenophora; Platyhelminthes; Bryozoa; Rotifera; Acanthocephala; Gastrotricha; Nemertea; Sipunculida; Annelida; Mollusca; Brachyozoa; Cephalorhyncha; Nematoda; Nematomorpha; Tardigrada; Onychophora; (Eu)Arthropoda; Echinodermata. Phylum Chordata, characteristics, origin and evolution. Subphylum Tunicata, subphylum Acrania - basic characteristics and morphology. Subphylum Vertebrata - characteristics and system. Supraclass Agnatha - characteristics, living Cyclostomata. Suprafamily Gnathostomata - characteristics; primarily aquatic Gnathostomata, Chondrichthyes, Pisces - morphology, ecology and system. Amphibians, reptiles - morphology, ecology, system, adaptations to terrestrial life. Birds - morphology and system, adaptations to flight. Mammals - morphology, ecology and system.
  • Zrzavý, Jan. Fylogeneze živočišné říše. Praha: Scientia, 2006. 255 s. ISBN 80-86960-08-0
  • Sedlák, Edmund. Zoologie bezobratlých. 2. vydání. Brno : Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2002. 337 s. Učebnice pro základní univerzitní kurs zoologie bezobratlých. ISBN 80-210-2892-0.
  • SIGMUND, Leo, Vladimír HANÁK and Oldřich PRAVDA. Zoologie strunatců. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 1994. 501 s. ISBN 80-7066-531-9. info
  • GAISLER, Jiří. Úvod do zoologie obratlovců (Introduction to vertebrate zoology). Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1997. 275 pp. ISBN 80-210-1022-3. info
Teaching methods
3-hour lecture once a week
Assessment methods
The course is given as a series of lectures. Credits are given based on the positive results of a written exam (exceptionally oral).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, 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, Spring 2023.
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