Universität Wien

300466 UE+EX Rotifers from Europe (2017S)

Systematics, biology and ecology of the limnetic and semi-terrestrial rotifers from Europe

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Attendance to the inscription date on 1. March obligatory.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



Inscription: 1.03.2017: 8:00 - 8:45, Ü2, Biozentrum Althanstrasse.
Other dates: 24.05., 31.05.2017: 8:00 - 12:30; 14.06.2017: 8:00 - 13:30, Ü2.
Excursion (Lobau): 7.06.2017: 8:00 - 12:00 + 12:00 - 13:30 (Laboratory Ü2).
Exam: 21.06.2017: 8:00 - 11:00, Ü2.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This special course offers training for identification of European rotifers, including
theoretical aspects on morphology and anatomy, biology and ecology, taxonomy, phylogeny and economic value of the group. Species distribution includes continental waterbodies, semiterrestric habitats and coastal waters of Europe. The laboratory work
includes observation of living animals, narcotizing, preparation technics, mastax
analyse and identification of Monogononta and Bdelloidea. Sampling technics of
rotifers of plankton, benthos and semi-terrestric habitats is shown.

Assessment and permitted materials

Exam (written exam): Determination of the species present in a water sample (60%), questions about the biology of rotifers (30%), participation on excursion (10%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course offers the possibility to learn the biology of rotifers. It includes both freshwater, marine and semiterrestrial species inhabiting wet soils and mosses of Europe. At the end of the course, the participants will be qualified for species identification.

Examination topics

Each unit includes a theorical introduction to the biology of the group and a laboratory part dedicated to learn practical methods of slide preparation of rotifers and taxonomy of the species.

Reading list

look at the scriptum (it will be given at the begining of the course).

Association in the course directory


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