Ichthyology and Conservation of Fish Resources

Course unit title:                                                                                                                            

Ichthyology and Conservation of Fish Resources

Degree in:

Master Course in Wildlife Management, Conservation, And Control (WMCC)

Credits:

6

Year:

2

Semester:

1

Type of course unit:

Compulsory

Language of instruction:

English

Learning outcomes of the course unit:

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.

Course contents:

-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 teleost fish of the Italian freshwater.

-Problems related to the conservation and management of ichthyofauna, with particular regard to freshwater fish. Bases of fish restocking of depleted freshwater areas.

-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.

Recommended or require reading and course materials:

Books and tutorials will be suggested during the course. The slides and other materials used for lectures will be made available to the students.

Mode of delivery:

Frontal lessons, practice, laboratory and field activities.

Teaching methods:

Tutorials, exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria:

Students will be graded based on written exam. The exam will take place on the days immediately after the course and last a maximum of 3 hours.