DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
ENT 600 INSECT BIOSYSTEMATICS (2L+1P) II
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.
Principles and application of zoological nomenclature; paleontology and phylogeny, species concept and speciation; taxonomic publications.
Identification keys, description of new taxa; taxonomic characters, numerical taxonomy; cladistics and phenetics.
Molecular systematic; current trends in insect classification.
Taxonomic collections and curation; institutions of importance in biosystematics; status of biosystematics in India.
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.