AQS 215 : Biology of Captive Fishes

Examines the anatomy and physiology of freshwater and marine fishes and the constraints placed upon them in a controlled environment. Increases an understanding of fish behavior through the use of ethograms.

Course Outcomes

  • Identify basic external and internal anatomical features of fishes.
  • Identify fish species using a dichotomous key.
  • Recognize the immense diversity and variation among living fishes.
  • Describe the effects of key factors in the captive controlled environment on respiration, metabolism, immune response, food assimilation, growth, reproduction, and behavior.
  • Understand the influence of stress on fish physiology, health, and behavior.
  • Describe osmoregulatory processes of marine and freshwater fishes.
  • Develop and conduct a study of captive fish behavior.

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