West Virginia. Master Naturalist Class
|| NAMES, CLASSIFICATION,
||Make students comfortable with scientific names and phylogenetic
classification. Give students the ability to identify plants
and animals using taxonomic keys.
|| 1 hour
||Printed keys, a selection of field guides and manuals,
rulers, 10x magnifiers.
||The student will gain a basic understanding of
- scientific names, their proper form, use, and pronunciation.
- the concept of phylogenetic classification,
and learn the major taxonomic ranks (levels).
- techniques to identify plants and animals using taxonomic
West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline
- Necessity of having a system of names
and a classification
- Species definitions
- Cronquist's pragmatic definition
- Hierarchical system of classification
- Names and positions of levels, e.g.,
species, genus, family
- Phylogenetic (natural) classification
- Scientific names
- Universal and unique
- Structure and characteristics
- Proper use
- Common names
- Field guides, floras, manuals, etc.
- Can be sent to a specialist for ID
- Use of keys
- Construction and use of taxonomic
or dichotomous keys
- Computer keys