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Students will be graded based on written exam (IN RELATION TO THE PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY, THE EXAM CAN BE ORAL). The exam will take place on the days immediately after the course.
-Duration of the verification: about 15-20 minutes
-Responses will be evaluated based on both content and appropriate scientific language
The course points to provide:
- A functional knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of fish;
- The basis of the systematics of the main species of freshwater fish of the Italian peninsula;
- A complete vision of the problems related to the assessment and conservation of ichthyofauna, with particular emphasis to the problems related to the conservation and management of Italian freshwater fish;
-The acquisition of specific operational expertise in the field, and in biomolecular laboratory with bioinformatics exercises.
-External and internal morphological features of fish. Anatomy and elements of physiology and systematics of Cyclostomata (lampreys and hagfish). Lampreys of the Italian freshwater. Anatomy and elements of physiology and systematics of Chondrichthyes (sharks and rays). Anatomy and elements of physiology and systematics of Osteichthyes (bony fish). Main family teleost fish of the Mediterranean area. Autochthonous and allochthonous fish of the Italian freshwater.
-Problems related to the conservation and management of ichthyofauna, with particular regard to freshwater fish.
-The importance of genetic studies in conservation genetics. Notes on: molecular markers; usefulness of molecular markers in the study of fish biodiversity and conservation; methods and molecular techniques for the study of genetic diversity.
-Practical cases of application of molecular methods to the conservation of fish.
Books and tutorials will be suggested during the course. The slides and other materials used for lectures will be made available to the students.
1) The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology: di Gene S. Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Douglas E. Facey. Wiley-Blackwell ed.
Frontal lessons, practice, laboratory and field activities (TO BE PLANNED IN RELATION TO THE PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY).
Dept. of VETERINARY MEDICINE
Scala A, 2° piano.
VIA VIENNA 2, SASSARI
Tel. 079 228924
Supervision hours: Please, contact the lecturer by e-mail.