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MSMS 6017: Tropical Fish Biology

Tropical Fish Biology

Tropical Fish Biology
MSMS 6017
Summer 2024

This lecture/field/laboratory course emphasizes the ecology and identification of Caribbean inshore and coral reef fishes. Lectures concentrate on general ecology (e.g., planktonic existence, reproductive strategies, feeding methods, distributional determinants) and species-specific ecology (e.g., diel and seasonal rhythms, food, reproduction) as well as the identification and taxonomy of approximately 200 species. Field and laboratory periods emphasize collecting and museum techniques as well as the use of dichotomous identification keys.

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Learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and ecology of marine organisms:
    • Specifically as relates to coral reef fishes
    • Be able to identify local coral reef fishes using common and scientific names
    • Students will understand the major historical and current hypotheses on determinants of coral reef fish distribution.
    • Students will understand the general ecology of coral reef fishes and the specific ecology of representative species.

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