Mammalogy Fall 2011 - Exam 2 

Mammalogy _________________
Fall 2011 - Exam 2 name

1. Fill in the missing information for FOUR  [from PICTURES of 6 mammals] of the following animals (6 points each): name (1 point), Order (1 point), Distribution (1 point), Diet (1 point), most interesting characteristic(s) (2 points). 24 points total
Scientific or common name Order Zoogeographic Zone (be specific if restricted) Diet most interesting characteristic(s)

2. Identify FOUR [from PICTURES of 5 mammals] of the following animals to family (1 point, common name ½ point), what zoogeographic region(s) (1 point) it is found, and give the term for and describe its special mode of locomotion (2 points). 16 points total

3. For FOUR of the following rodent or lagomorph families (or subfamilies), give a common name or example (1 point), natural distribution (1 point), and something important about their ecology or natural history (3 points). 20 points total
Aplodontidae
Castoridae
Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae
Cricetidae, Arvicolinae
Myocastoridae
Ochotonidae

4. Identify THREE  [from PICTURES of 5 mammals] of the following animals to order (1 point), family (1 point, common name ½ point), what zoogeographic region(s) (1 point) it is found and write something about its natural history (behavior, ecology, diet, reproduction, conservation) that makes this animal interesting (to your professor, who will judge the quality of your answer) (3 points). 18 points total

5. Is the lemming population controlled by top-down or bottom-up mechanisms (circle one). Explain how the mechanism works. (4 points)

6. Are lemmings r-selected or K-selected. Explain. (4 points)

7. What is the single morphological characteristic unique to primates? (2 points)

8. What are the most important characteristics found in prosimians that distinguish them from anthropoids? (2 points)

9. Briefly discuss the problems caused by one introduced species of mammal in the material covered for this test (4 points)

10. Answer one of the following (6 points)
a. What is myomorph? Use illustrations to explain your answer. Why are myomorphs the most successful rodents?
b. What is/are the most important reason/s that myrmecophagy has evolved so many times (i.e, what is the biggest advantage for eating termites).