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Branches of Zoology

Acarology:  This particular field of zoology is concerned with the study of mites and ticks.

Amphibiology:  This is the branch of zoology that covers the study of amphibians. That is the study of  animals such as frogs, toads and newts that can breathe both in and out of water.

Arachnology:  As you might have guessed from the name, this branch of zoology is concerned with the study of spiders and other arachnids.

Carcinology (Crustaceology):  This is the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of crustaceans. These are animals such as crabs,  lobsters, crayfish and shrimp.

Cetology:  This is the branch of zoology that studies cetaceans or whales.

Coccidology:  This branch of zoology is concerned with the study of scales, mealy bugs and other members of the family Coccidia; also spelled as Coccidia. These are microscopic, single-celled parasites that are known to cause infections in the intestinal tracts of animals.

Conchology (Malacology):  Studied in this field of zoology are the shells of molluscs. These animals are invertebrates ; meaning they don’t have a backbone and they can be found in a wide variety of environments.

Cynology:  This is the branch of zoology that studies the dog; man’s best friend…Of particular interest is the study of its history.

Echinology:  Echinoderms are studied in this branch of zoology. These are marine animals that can be found at every level of ocean depth.

Entomology:  This branch of zoology covers the study of insects.

Ethology:  This is the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of  the behavior of animals in their natural habitats.

Hereptology:   This branch of zoology is concerned with the study of reptiles. Amphibians are also sometimes included in this group.

Lepidopterology:  This is the field of entomology that is concerned with the study of butterflies.

Mammology:  As you might have guessed from the name, this is the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of mammals. In addition,  Paleomammology involves the study of mammals that existed in past geological ages.

Oology:  This is the branch of zoology that studies eggs. Of particular interest are birds eggs and their features such as number of eggs, color, size and shape.

Ornithology: This branch of zoology covers the study of birds.

Protozoology: This is the branch of zoology that studies protozoans. These are single celled microorganisms that play an important role in the ecosystem.

Paleozoology: This branch of zoology covers the study of fossil animals.

Zoogeography:  This branch of zoology studies the geographical distribution of animals and the causes, effects and other factors associated with such distributions.

Zoopathology (Zoopathy):  This branch of zoology is concerned with the study of the diseases that are particular to animals. It is sometimes also referred to as animal pathology.

Zoophysiology:  This branch of zoology studies in particular, the physiology of animals.

Zoophytology:   This particular branch of zoology is concerned with the study of zoophytes. These are animals such as sea anemones that resemble plants.

Zootaxy:  No this isn’t a special taxi that takes you to the zoo… It is the zoological or scientific classification of animals.

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