This course covers the following lessons:
Introduction – Scope and Nature, Overview of taxonomy
Anatomy and Physiology – muscles, skeleton, adaptations, thermoregulation, reproduction
Internal anatomy, physiology, and senses
Behaviour – communication, social, handling
Health & Disease
Marsupial Carnivores – The Dasyuromorphia (Families are Dasyuridae (dasyurids),
Myrmecobiidae (numbats), and Thylacinidae (thylacinids).
The Diprotodontia -Kangaroos
Other Diprotodontia – koalas, wombats, pygmy possums, sugar gliders, potaroos, ringtail possum
Peramelemorphia - Bandicoots & Bilbies
Marsupial Conservation and Management - Sustainable Management
Explain the likely origin of marsupials.
Explain classification of marsupials.
Identify common external anatomical features in marsupials.
To explain common and diverging characteristics in the internal biology of marsupials.
To discuss and compare behavioural characteristics in a number of different marsupials.
To describe health issues that affect marsupials.
To identify and describe the biology, behaviour and care of marsupial carnivores.
To identify and describe the biology, behaviour, and care of Macropods from the Diprotodontia order.
To identify and describe the biology, behaviour and care of non-Macropod marsupials in Diprodontia.
To identify and describe the biology, behaviour and care of marsupials in order Peramelemorphia.
To discuss issues related to the sustainable management of marsupials.