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ENT 600 INSECT BIOSYSTEMATICS                                                                                 (2L+1P) II

Objective
To familiarize the students with different schools of classification, phylogenetics, classical and molecular methods, evolution of different groups of insects. International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Ethics and procedure for taxonomic publications.

Theory

UNIT I
Principles and application of zoological nomenclature; paleontology and phylogeny, species concept and speciation; taxonomic publications.

UNIT II
Identification keys, description of new taxa; taxonomic characters, numerical taxonomy; cladistics and phenetics.

UNIT III
Molecular systematic; current trends in insect classification.

UNIT IV
Taxonomic collections and curation; institutions of  importance in biosystematics; status of biosystematics in India.

Practicals
Measurement of  insects and their parts; Drawing of  insects and their parts- preparation of illustrations; Microphotography of insects; Image analysis; Application of ICZN; Preparation and use of diagnostic keys; Morphometrics of insects-statistical procedures; Numerical taxonomy; Taxonomic publications-preparation of publications.

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