Characteristics Name: Degu Other names: Shrub Rat Latin name: Octodon degus Class: Mammals Size: 11 - 16cm Weight: 200 - 280g Age: 3 - 8 years Appearance: brownish color variants Sex dimming: Yes Diet type: Earthen (granivor) Food: Seeds Distribution: Argentina, Chile native origin: South America sleep-wake cycle: diurnal habitat: semi-deserts natural predators: birds of prey, fox sexual maturity: at 6 months mating season: August - October gestation period: 3 months litter size: 1 - 10 juveniles social behavior: family group Endangered species: No You can find further profiles of animals in the Encyclopaedia.
At-home assignmentWatch the YouTube video at youtu.be/ydqReeTV_vk (Evo-Devo Despacito) and respond to the following two prompts:1) What is one thing mentioned in the video you already know about?2) What is one thing mentioned in the video you would like to learn more about?Discussion and Reading Guide QuestionsThe questions below were originally written for students reading Freaks Of Nature by Mark Blumberg and Endless Forms by Sean Carroll.
Viruses of all shapes and sizes consist of a nucleic acid core, an outer protein coating or capsid, and sometimes an outer envelope.Learning ObjectivesDescribe the relationship between the viral genome, capsid, and envelopeKey PointsViruses are classified into four groups based on shape: filamentous, isometric (or icosahedral), enveloped, and head and tail.
Skills to DevelopExplain how hormones regulate the excretory systemDiscuss the role of hormones in the reproductive systemDescribe how hormones regulate metabolismExplain the role of hormones in different diseasesHormones have a wide range of effects and modulate many different body processes. The key regulatory processes that will be examined here are those affecting the excretory system, the reproductive system, metabolism, blood calcium concentrations, growth, and the stress response.