BIOLOGY 4429 EXAM 2, FALL 1996

1. Diagnose, characterize, and give the zoogeographic distribution of any 8 of the following. (5 points each)

Carnivora
Cetacea
Chiroptera
Dermoptera
Hyracoidea
Lagomorpha
Perissodactyla
Pholidota
Primates
Proboscidea
Rodentia
Scandentia
Sirenia
Tubulidentata
Xenarthra

2-4. ANSWER ANY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING (10 points each)

  1. Compare and contrast the Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla in terms of diagnostic characteristics, adaptations, diversity, distribution, etc.
  2. Diagnose the Order Rodentia, give characteristics for its suborders and/or infraorders, and characterize at least Eight of its families.
  3. Diagnose the Order Carnivora, give characteristics for its suborders and/or infraorders, and characterize at least Eight of its families.
  4. Diagnose the Order Primates, give characteristics for its suborders and/or infraorders, and characterize at least Eight of its families.
  5. Compare and contrast the major groups [families or higher level] of marine mammals in terms of locomotion, food preference, feeding strategy, etc.
  6. List, describe, characterize, and discuss the significance of the ten most unusual and distinct families of Eutherian mammals covered since the last examination. DO NOT INCLUDE any family covered in a previous answer.

5-10.  Define and state the significance of any 6 of the following. Where appropriate state what taxon (-a) the term is associated with. (5 points each)

altricial
cursorial
diastema
disjunct distribution
evergrowing incisors
exponential growth
ground sloth
hystricomorphous
myrmecophagous
microchiropteran
ruminant
sciurognathus
ungulate
volant