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Bio 162: Ichthyology (The Study of Fishes)
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Updated: March 9, 2017

Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 1pm- 2pm. (2 hours total)
Lab: Monday 2pm to 5pm (3 hours total)

We will examine the incredible world of fishes, focusing on their biodiversity, evolution and ecology. The lab will focus on methods of identification and how to work with fishes as experimental organisms.

Field trips may be required.
Prerequisite: BIO 1.
Scheduling: This course is only offered every second year, next offered Fall 2018.
Units: 3

Syllabus: WordPerfect document PDF Word html (updated for 2016)

HelfmanText: Helfman, G.S., Collette, B.B., Facey, D.E, Bowen B.W. (2009) .The Diversity of Fishes. Biology, Evolution and Ecology. Second Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, New Jersey. ISBN: 978-1-4051-2494-2. . Required






Books that we use:

Moyle, P.B. (2002) Inland Fishes of California. Revised and expanded Edition. University of California Press, Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-22754-9

You do not need to purchase Moyle's book -- we have a class set -- however, feel free to purchase your own copy if you want one.


Term paper handout



Topic Handouts

Video Tutorial (these are large files and take a while to load)

Sample Output
Basic Spreadsheet Using Excel pdf video tutorial Excel spreadsheet
Basic Graphing Using Excel pdf   Excel spreadsheet


Miller and Lea. 1972. Guide to the Coastal Marine Fishes of California. California Fish Bulletin Number 157.

now available online!


Zoo bank

Open access register of all new animal names and original descriptions http://www.iczn.org/


International Zoological Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 4th edition



The Catalog of Fishes

California Academy of Sciences

online version

Classification of Fishes according to Nelson 2006 Nelson's 2006 Classification of Fishes. Here in paper form.


Links of Interest:

Cichlid Research Home Page

Fish Classification

Fish Name Server

Moss Landing Marine Lab

Tree of Life project


Catfish Survey (missing?)

Ichthyology Web Resources by Keith Jackson (University of Alberta) (missing?)


Other Local Fish Researchers and their labs:

Dr. Peter Moyle (UC Davis)

Dr. Michael Marchetti (St. Mary's College)



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