Outline of zoology

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to zoology:

Zoology – study of animals. Zoology, or "animal biology", is the branch of biology that relates to the animal kingdom, including the identification, structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, and how they interact with their ecosystems. The term is derived from Ancient Greek ζῷον, zōon, i.e. "animal" and λόγος, logos, i.e. "knowledge, study".[1] To study the variety of animals that exist (or have existed), see list of animals by common name and lists of animals.

Essence of zoology

Branches of zoology

  • Acarology - study of mites and ticks
  • Anthrozoology - study of interaction between humans and other animals
  • Arachnology - study of spiders and related animals such as scorpions, pseudoscorpions, and harvestmen, collectively called arachnids
  • Entomology - study of insects
  • Ethology - study of animal behaviour, usually with a focus on behaviour under natural conditions, and viewing behaviour as an evolutionarily adaptive trait
  • Herpetology - study of amphibians and reptiles
    • Batrachology - study of amphibians including frogs and toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians
    • Cheloniology - study of turtles and tortoises
  • Ichthyology - study of fish
  • Malacology - study of mollusks
  • Mammalogy - study of mammals
  • Neuroethology - study of animal behavior and its underlying mechanistic control by the nervous system
  • Ornithology - study of birds
  • Paleozoology - study of deals with the recovery and identification of multicellular animal remains from geological (or even archeological) contexts, and the use of these fossils in the reconstruction of prehistoric environments and ancient ecosystems
  • Parasitology - study of parasites, their hosts, and the relationship between them
  • Planktology - study of plankton, various small drifting plants, animals and microorganisms that inhabit bodies of water
  • Primatology - study of primates
  • Protozoology - study of study of protozoan, the "animal-like" (i.e., motile and heterotrophic) protists
  • Endocrinology - study of endocrine systems
  • Nematology - study of nematodes (roundworms)

History of zoology



Taxonomy of Animalia

Kingdom: Animalia

General zoology concepts

Notable zoologists

In alphabetical order by surname:

Zoology lists

Further reading

See also


  1. ^ "zoology". Online Etymology Dictionary.

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