SLE291 - Marine Vertebrates


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125

One of SLE111, SLE132, SLE103 or SLE144



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour class per week, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


SLE291 introduces students to the diversity of marine vertebrates including finfish, sharks, and marine mammals, birds and reptiles, focusing on aspects of body form and function, evolution and taxonomy. Key physiological adaptations enabling survival in marine environments will be discussed. Students experience the diversity of fish body form and function via a series of practicals that include the handling and dissection of fresh specimens. Learning about body form, morphometry, physiology, diet, life history, age and growth are important for understanding marine vertebrate movement, swimming and feeding, and reproductive strategies, also provide clues about their ecology and preferred habitats.

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