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Marsupials Biology and Management

Marsupials Biology and Management 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Learn About Marsupials Biology and Management

Learn the biology of marsupials, understand the management of these animals in the wild and captivity, and marsupials in general.

This Marsupial online course is especially suited for people working in a wildlife management position or those wishing to work with animals.

As part of this Marsupial course, you’ll learn how to identify and describe the biology, behaviour, and care of other marsupials, specifically from the taxonomic orders Didelphimorphia, Microbiotheria, Notoryctemorphia and Paucituberculata.

In order to better understand the management of individual animals or populations of species in the wild, or in captivity, it is of fundamental importance that persons involved in the study of marsupials fully understand their biology, diversity, behaviour, and their overall wellbeing.

Metatheria is a biological subclass of mammals which is more closely related to marsupials than placentals. Metatheria include Orders from Australia and America.

There are in fact over 330 described species of marsupials with 235 identified as ranging from Australasia, continental Australia, and its coastal islands.

A further 95 are attributed to the New World of South, Central and North America. These numbers vary upon discovery of new species through phylogenetic analysis which is the evolutionary development of species together with field studies and surveys.

Marsupials are without doubt the most dominant terrestrial and arboreal mammal across the whole of Australia, with placental mammals represented by rodents, bats, shoreline seals and sea lions found in southern Australia.


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Lesson Structure:   Masupials Biology and Management

There are 10 lessons:

1. Introduction

  • Evolution
  • Taxonomy
  • Compare the Diversity
  • External Morphology
  • Compare different marsupial feet

2. Anatomy and Physiology

  • Neural Systems and Intelligence
  • Vision
  • Dentition
  • Digestion
  • Skelton
  • Reproduction
  • Basl Metabolism

3.  Behaviour

  • Social Behaviour
  • Thermoregulation,  Torpor and Hibernation
  • Communication
  • Feeding and Diet
  • Den Sites and Nests
  • Predation and Predators

4. Health & Disease

  • Pathogens and Parasites
  • Cancer
  • Parasites and other Pathogens
  • Marsupials as Disease Vectors
  • Non-Infectious Health issues in Marsupials
  • Marsupial Health Care

5. Marsupial Carnivores

  • Dasyuridae: Quolls, Devils and their relations
  • Numbats, Myrmecobiidae
  • Thylacine, thylacinideae

6.  The Diprotodontia -Kangaroos

  • Macropodidae, Kangaroos, Wallabies, and their relatives
  • Taxonomy
  • Other Important Genera
  • Overview of Dendrolagus Species
  • Rock Wallabies
  • Quokka

7. Other Diprotodontia

  • Koalas
  • Wombats
  • Ringtail Possums
  • Brush-Tailed Possums and Cusus
  • Gliders and Striped Possums
  • Pygmy Possums
  • Feather-Tailed Possums
  • Potaroos and Relatives

8. Peramelemorphia

  • Family Peramelidae:  Bandicoots and Echymiperas
  • Family Thylacomyidae: Bilbies
  • Family Chaeropodidae: the Pig-footed Bandicoot

9.  Other Marsupials

  • Order Natoryctemorphia
  • Order Didelphimorphia
  • Order Microbiotheria
  • Order Paucituberculata

10.  Marsupial Conservation and Management

  • Sustainable Management
  • Threats and their  Amelioration
  • Artificial Habitats

Please note: Each lesson culminates in an assignment, marked by the academies tutor. Returned to you with tailored feedback, suggestions, comments and extra reading if required.


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