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BIO 385 — Comparative Invertebrate Zoology

Updated 15 January 2021

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Course Information

Description: Characteristics, life cycles, adaptations, and evolution of invertebrate animals. Prerequisites: Bio 181 and Bio 182 with a C or better.

Current Sections:
Lecture: MWF 12:20-1:10, CLCC 113 or via Zoom
Lab: F 2:00-4:45, Mostly via Zoom

Instructional Mode: ASU Sync/In person: lectures will be offered in person but also streamed live via Zoom, so students can attend via either modality. Laboratories will be taught primarily online to ensure a consistent experience for all students, but there will be several optional in-person skills camps. The instructor and ASU reserve the right to change modality (such as entirely via live Zoom) as conditions warrent.

Texts: J.A. Pechenik 2015. Biology of the Invertebrates, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill.
U.M. Savalli 2021. Invertebrate Zoology A Laboratory Manual, available for download on Canvas.

Required Technology: Computer or device with internet connection and microphone and ideally a web camera; MacOS or Windows strongly recommended; software that can read and save files in PDF format

The Instructor: Udo M. Savalli


Announcements & Upcoming

  • Jan 22 — Phylogenetic Interpretation Assignment Due
  • Feb 8 — Lecture Exam 1
  • Mar 5 — Lab Practical 1
  • Mar 11 — Lecture Exam 2
  • Mar 28— Last day to withdraw
  • Apr 2 — Lecture Exam 3
  • Apr 23 — Lab Practical 2
  • Apr 26 — Final Exam: 12:10 pm


Lecture Schedule
(Spring 2019)

Week of:
Topic:
Chapter:
Jan 11-15 —Introduction; Phylogenetic reconstruction1, 2
Jan 18-22 —No Class Jan 18
Animal body plans, repro & development

2, 24
Jan 25-29 —Support, movement & feeding3, 5
Feb 1-5 —Protists; animal origins3
Feb 8-12 —Exam 1, Feb 8
Sponges & placozoans

4
Feb 15-19 —Cnidarians, Ctenophores6-7
Feb 22-26 —Flatworms & Mesozoans8, 9, 22
Mar 1-5 —Rotifers, Lophophorates, etc.10, 18, 19
Mar 8-12 —Exam 2, Mar 11
Annelids & Ribbon Worms

11, 13
Mar 15-19 —Molluscs12
Mar 22-26 —Nematodes & related pyla16-17
Mar 29-Apr 2 — Arthropods: Evolutionary Origins14-15
Apr 5-9 —Arthropods, continued
Exam 3, Apr 8
14
Apr 12-16 —Echinoderms20
Apr 19-23 —Hemichordates & Chordates21, 23
Apr 26 —Final Exam: 12:10 - 2:00


Lab Schedule
(Spring 2019)

Date:
Topic:
Lab Manual Exercise
Jan 11- Intro to: phylogenetics, microscopy, anatomy1-3
18- Protozoans4
25- Sponges; Animal Origins5-7
Feb 1- Cnidarians8
8- Flatworms, rotifers9-10
15- Lophophorates & minor phyla11-13
22- Annelids14
Mar 1- Lab Practical Exam 1
8- Spring Break (optional field trip)
15- Molluscs15
22- Arthropods 116, 18-19, 21
29- Field Exercise: Arthropod Sampling22
Apr 5- Arthropods 216-17, 20
12- Nematodes, Hemichordates & Chordates23, 25
19- Echinoderms24
26- Lab Practical Exam 2

Lab Info:

Lab 1 — Intro: Anatomical Terminology (Jan 15)
Anatomical Terms Review


Lab 2 — Protozoans (Jan 22)
Protozoan Diversity
Animal Origins


Lab 3 — Sponges & Other Basal Animals (Jan 29)
Poriferan Diversity
Basal Phyla


Lab 4 — Cnidarians (Feb 5)
Cnidarian Diversity


Lab 5 — Flatworms & Rotifers (Feb 12)
Flatworm Diversity
Gnathiferan Diversity


Lab 6 — Lophophorates, Ribbon Worms, etc. (Feb 19)
Lophophorate Diversity
Gastrotrichs
Ribbon Worms


Lab 7 — Annelids (Feb 26)
Annelid Diversity


Lab 8 — Molluscs 1 (Mar 12)
Mollusc Diversity


Lab 9 — Molluscs 2 (Mar 19)
Mollusc Diversity


Lab 10 — Panarthropods (Mar 26)
Arthropod Relatives
Arthropod Diversity
   Crustacean Diversity


Lab 11 — Arthropods 2 (Apr 2)
Arthropod Diversity
   Arachnid Diversity
   Insect Diversity
   Insect Coloration


Lab 12 — Nematodes, Hemichordates & Chordates (Apr 9)
Nematodes & Relatives
Hemichordates
Chordate Diversity


Lab 13 — Echinoderms (Apr 16)
Echinoderm Diversity

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