Orcas-Mammal Group 2


1. The Killer whales, Orcinus Orca, belongs to all EXCEPT _______?

a.     Chordata

b.     Animalia

c.     Mammalia

d.     Chondrichthyes


2.  Although it is also known as the killer whale, the orca is actually the largest species of dolphin.

a. True

b. False


3.  The researchers observed Killer whales exhibit which behavior?

a.  Parental care

b.  Complex hunting strategy

c.  Reproductive strategy

d.  Defense strategy


4. When Orcas are in groups they are a …

a. Herd

b. Pack

c. Pod

d. Pride


5. The Orcas in the study were observed hunting…

a. Narwhals

b. Penguins

c. Sharks

d. Seals

Flying Squirrels-Mammal Group 1



1)  Why are they called “flying squirrels” if they don’t actually fly?

a)  They do fly.

b) They glide, which gives the appearance of flying. <—

c)  The jumping action they perform looks like flying.

d) They have wings that are non-functional.


2)  What are the advantages presented by “flying?”

a)  Flying is cooler than running/climbing.

b) Flying allows for another niche to be explored towards the canopy.

c)  Their shelters can be an abandoned bird nest.

d) Their shelters can be an abandoned wood pecker cavity.

e)  All of the above!  <–


3)  Why is the flying squirrel a representation of forest ecosystems?

a)  The flying squirrel impacts the forest in a negative way.

b) Higher squirrel populations represents a healthy forest. <–

c)  Because where there is a Rocky, there is a Bullwinkle!

d) None of the above


4)  How does the flying squirrel affect its surroundings?

a)  The feces produced by the squirrels serves as an important food source.

b) The truffles eaten by the squirrels are dispersed to maintain a healthy forest.

c)  Some predators depend directly upon the population of squirrels.

d) a &c

e)  b&c <–


5)  How does the human impact affect the flying squirrel?

a)  Reducing canopy cover in dry forest restorations limits squirrel populations.<–

b) The hunting of the spotted owl makes squirrel populations boom.

c)  Pollution is responsible for toxins that kill off squirrel populations.

d) All of the above

The Common Loon-Avian Group 2


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1.  What cues do prebreeders look for when searching for a new nesting site?

a)  Chicks

b)  Parent couples

c)  Food

d)  Both a & b

2.  Which hypothesis was supported the most?

a)  Permanent Attributes

b)  Conspecific

c)  Habitat Copying

3.  The common loon is primarily terrestrial

a)  True

b)  False

4. What do loons primarily use to communicate territorial boundaries?

a) vocalizations

b) nest building

c) drumming

d) scent marking

5. Prospectors use chicks to find adults.

a) True

b) False

peacocks-Avian Group 1


1). “LPS” injections in peacocks induced the production of what?

a. Anesthetic

b. Antibodies

c. Antifreeze

d. Anticoagulants


2). What does the presence of a greater amount of eyespots mean to a female peacock?

a. Male is healthier

b. Male is a good choice for a partner

c. Male will contribute good genes to offspring

d. All of the above


3). Concerning sexual selection in birds, which sex typically shows the most elaborate plumage and displays?

a. Males

b. Females

c. Both


4). True or False:  Males injected with “LPS” maintain a higher percent chance of obtaining a desirable mate?


5). True or False:  Elaborate displays and behavior geared towards attracting a mate is unique to peacocks?


V. aspis-Non-Avian Reptile Vodcast Group 3

1. The researchers found that the absence of shelter impact_________ of Vipera aspis?

a. physiological performance

b. behavior

c. stress hormone level

d. all of the above

e. b and c

2. What is the function of heliotheria?

a. Predation

b. Camouflage

c. Temperature regulation

d. Reproduction

3. Where are Vipera aspis found?

a. France

b. Africa

c. China

d. South America

e. Southern United States

f. Narnia

4. What physiological parameters were the researchers testing?

a. sleep hormones and changes in sleep patterns

b. sex hormone changes during reproduction

c. response to presence of prey

d. digestion and stress hormone levels

5. Digestion of Vipera aspis was increased with exposure to colder temperature.

a. True

b. False

B. plumifrons-Non-Avian Reptile Group 2



  1. What was different between the running methods of B. plumifrons and terrestrial animals? 
    1. Ankle and knee flexion missing
    2. Longer strides
    3. No difference
  2. Kinematic variation between running strides of B. plumifrons were due to:
    1. Foot length
    2. Animal size
    3. Sprint speed
  3. What adaptations have B. plumifrons developed to help them evade predators? 
    1. Strong, whip-like tails
    2. Color-changing skin
    3. Running across water
  4. B. plumifrons use their legs as a ­­­­___________ element to run across water.
    1. Spring
    2. Force
    3. Spring and force

Platypus-Amniote Vodcast



  1. Research on Platypus breeding behaviors is important for:
    1. Following population sizes and demographic information
    2. Increasing the number of Platypuses in Captivity
    3. Increase breeding for use as domestic pets
    4. All of the above


  1. Successful breeding in the behavior study occurred between:
    1. Male 1 and Females 1 & 2
    2. Male 2 and Female 1
    3. Male 1 and Female 1
    4. Male 2 and Female 2


  1. The male platypus plays a role in:
    1. Mating
    2. Choosing a burrow site
    3. Tending to the eggs
    4. Taking care of the young
    5. All of the above


  1. Estimated gestation time is:
    1. 30-35 days
    2. 15-21 days
    3. 20-30 days
    4. 12-15 days


  1. The platypus courting ritual includes
    1. The male chasing the female
    2. A dance performed by the male
    3. Swimming together and tail biting
    4. High pitched calls between the mates