Invertebrate Zoology Culture Project


Culture Project 


Collect either an aquatic or terrestrial invertebrate organism (or groups of invertebrate organisms from one species), and then complete the following:

1.        Identify it/them as closely as possible, using taxonomic keys

      2.   Keep it/them alive in the lab for up to a month (this timeline will be dependent on your critter and its life cycle); observe as much of life cycle as possible (molting, egg laying, mating, eating, competing).

      3.   Keep notes on the culture (living) requirements:

a.      habitat (where found, culture medium, bedding and container)

b.      water (including humidity)

c.      food and feeding

d.      light and temperature

e.      parasites and predators

f.        reproduction

      4.   Present results to class in 10-15 minutes; for your talk you can use PowerPoint or give a "chalk talk". If you want to use my computer, please email your pptx file or bring me a USB drive to test functionality before lab.

            Here are some recommendations:

a.      Provide a brief introduction to your critter, including taxonomy and any other relevant background information.

b.      Describe your collection and culture methods.

c.      Explain the life cycle of your critter and what part(s) you have observed.

d.      Detail the behaviors you have observed.

e.      Describe how this project has contributed (or not) to your understanding of the biology of invertebrates.

      5.   Grades will be based on completeness, difficulty, success of project, and quality of presentation to class.
The format of your presentation is flexible; the most important requirement is that you have your live critter when you present!


 You may find these websites useful:
(this site is temporarily down)

Ask an entomologist
Keeping insects
Growing Dinoflagellates at Home


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