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Principles and Fundamentals of Systematic Zoology

Code: 45074
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Mladen Kučinić
prof. dr. sc. Sanja Gottstein
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Lectures and seminars

Short recapitulation of knowledge of the systematic of animals
Prerequisites and processes that enable the creation of life
The concepts of biodiversity
The diversity of living organisms, their characteristics, similarities and differences
Brief history of zoology, review of important moments that determine Zoology
Systematic, taxonomy, phylogeny, cladistics, diversity, genetic, morphological, physiological
The hierarchical level in the organization of living organisms
Speciation (formation of new species)
Allopatric speciation, parasimpatric speciation, simpatric speciation,
Ring species complex
Isolation mechanisms
a) prezygote isolation mechanisms,
b) postzygote isolation mechanisms,
Concepts of species
Molecular aspects
Sibling species
Bar code project
Research methods in zoology
Museum collections, databases, levels of research,
A short overview of the history of zoology, world, Croatia
International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), history and rules
Features of holotype, paratype, lectotype, syntypes, neotypes
Features of species, subspecies, genera, orders, families, classes,phylum
Descriptions of new taxes, principles, methods, problems (species, subspecies, genus, phyllum).

Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding morphological, biological, ecological, molecular concepts of species.

2. Understanding different isolation mechanisms between different species.

3. Analysis of the results of Barcode project.

4. Understanding of major evolutionary processes responsible for animal Biodiversity.

5. Analysis of the Interntaionl Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

6. Understanding the problems with rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

7. Analysis and understanding of the description of new taxa (species, subspecies, genus, phyllum).
  1. Obavezna literatura

    Ride et al. (eds.) (1999) International Code of Zoologhical Nomenclature. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, četvrto izdanje.

    Matoničkin, I., Primc-Habdija, B.. & Habdija, I. (1998) Beskralješnjaci, Biologija nižih Avertebrata.

    Mayer, E. & Ashlock. P.D. (1992) Principles of Systematic Zoology. McGraw-Hill, 475 str., New York.

    Dopusnka literatura

    Habdija, I., Primc Habdija, B., Radanović, I., Vidaković, J., Kučinić, M., Špoljar, M.,Matoničkin, R. & Miliša, M., (2004) Protista-Protozoa i Metazoa- Invertebrata. Funkcionalna građa i praktikum. Meridijani, 399 str., Samobor.

    Matoničkin, I., Klobučar, G. & Kučinić, M.( 2010) Opća zoologija. Sveučilište u Zagrebu, 467 str., Školska knjiga, Zagreb
2. semester
Mandatory course - Regular module - Zoology
Consultations schedule: