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Invertebrate Zoology




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course presents students with the study of invertebrates. Students will examine the ecology of invertebrates along with their structures and functions.


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Unicellular and Primitive Multicellular Animals

  • Describe the roles water and air play in the lives of invertebrates.
  • Compare invertebrate classification systems and their evolutions.
  • Describe the general characteristics of the protozoa, sponges, and placozoans.

The Cnidarians, Ctenophores, and Molluscs

  • Explain the features of a hydrostatic skeleton.
  • Differentiate between cnidarians and ctenophores.
  • Compare classes of Molluscks.

Invertebrate Worms

  • Compare and contrast platyhelminths and mesozoans.
  • Describe the characteristics of parasitic and nonparasitic organisms.
  • Explain how beneficial nematodes affect the environment.

The Arthropods

  • Categorize arthropods by their common characteristics.
  • Describe the characteristics of some of the unusual phylum.

Lophophorates and Deuterostomes

  • Differentiate between hemichordates and non-vertebrate chordates.
  • Compare Lophophorates and Echinoderm.
  • Describe general characteristics of Xeno


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