Hours per week
Objectives of the course (preferably expressed in terms of learning outcomes and competences: Fishes constitute an incredibly diverse group with high levels of plasticity, and it would be impossible to cover everything we know about fishes in a single course. The purpose of this class is to learn about fish biology. Major objectives are:
Be familiar with issues surrounding marine fish research and fish exploitation.
Course contents: History of ichthyology. Taxonomy – major groups. Morphology and anatomy. Buoyancy and locomotion. Homeostasis (osmoregulation, thermal adaptations, respiration). Feeding, nutritional physiology and growth regulation. Reproductive biology. Behaviour and communication. Exploitation of fishes. Research in progress.