Chemical and physical characteristics of water. Water biocoenoses. Biotic indexes. Anatomy and physiology of bony fishes. Status of Italian freshwater fish fauna. Biology of the main freshwater and euryaline fish specie, Breeding techniques in captivity for restocking. Study methods of fish populations. theoretical bases of fish fauna management plans; specific rules. Ichthyological master plans
Textbooks: lecture notes and specific literature from scientific journals
Knowledge acquired: basic knowledge of hydrobiology and ichthyology required for the fish fauna management plans
Competence acquired (at the end of the course):
Knowledge of aquatic biocoenosis and of factors that affect their composition; knowledge of biology of the main freshwater and euryaline species; criteria to be followed for fish cultivation for restocking; study methods of fish populations; theoretical bases of fish fauna management plans; specific rules.
Skills acquired (at the end of the course):
Identification of the main species; evaluation of biological quality of waters; design of fish farms for restocking; management of the investigations requested for the ichthyological master plans; writing of fish fauna management plans.
Courses recommended: Zoology, Livestock morphology and physiology, Idraulics
Total hours of the course (including the time spent in attending lectures, seminars, private study, examinations, etc.): 225
Hours reserved to private study and other individual formative activities: 150
Contact hours for: Lectures (hours): 50
Contact hours for: Practice (hours): 10
Contact hours for: Seminars/excursions: 21
For further information, contact the teacher
Type of Assessment
Exam modality: oral exam
Chemical and physical characteristics of water. Ecosystems of fresh and brackish water, aquatic biocoenoses, food chains. Water pollution. Biotic indexes.
Anatomy and physiology of bony fishes.
Status of Italian freshwater fish fauna. Impacts of alien species introductions.
Morphology and biology of the main freshwater and euryaline fish species.
Study methods of fish populations; sampling techniques. Environmental interventions for the fish fauna increase and the conservation of autochthonous species. Reproductive behaviour; breeding techniques in captivity for restocking.
Fish farms building characteristics and management.
Law on sports fishing and restocking interventions. Ichthyological master plans