Ch 5: Overview of Vertebrates

About This Chapter

This overview of vertebrates can improve your understanding of different types of amphibians, reptiles, and birds. These lessons and quizzes are a convenient and mobile-friendly way to study for a test.

Overview of Vertebrates - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on vertebrates, brief video lessons review topics like the features of reptiles and how birds fly. You will also explore the defining features of the Osteichthyes class of fish. After completing the chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • List animals included in the vertebrates category
  • Recall characteristics of fish in the Osteichthyes class
  • Describe different types of amphibians
  • Explain why reptiles are important
  • Discuss the ecological and economical significance of birds
  • Describe how scientists group mammals

A brief quiz is available for each lesson. The quizzes link back to specific topics in the video, so if you get a question wrong you can quickly review that topic. If you have any questions about the material, you can contact our expert instructors.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Overview of Vertebrates
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification

1. Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification

Vertebrates are an interesting collection of animals, including humans, that have evolved over millions of years. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and even fish are included in the vertebrate category. Find out more here!

Class Osteichthyes: Characteristics & Examples

2. Class Osteichthyes: Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we take a look at a specific class of fish called Osteichthyes. We'll cover the characteristics of its members, see some examples, and find out what makes the two subclasses of this group of fish so unique.

Amphibians: Traits, Types & Roles

3. Amphibians: Traits, Types & Roles

Amphibians. Does the word conjure up images of slimy frogs and salamanders? Or perhaps a case of warts after handling a toad? Amphibians are a fascinating group of animals that we don't see very often. Find out more in this lesson.

Reptiles: Features, Types & Importance

4. Reptiles: Features, Types & Importance

Reptiles are more than just snakes. In this lesson, we'll explore the reptile class, discover what other animals are reptiles, what makes them related, and why they are important.

Birds: Traits, Types & Importance

5. Birds: Traits, Types & Importance

Have you ever wanted to be a bird? Or thought about flying like a bird? In this lesson, we're going to learn about why birds are birds, how they fly, and why they're important to us both ecologically and economically.

Mammals: Traits, Behavior & Grouping

6. Mammals: Traits, Behavior & Grouping

Ever wondered what the largest mammal on Earth was? Or what traits connect mammals together? In this lesson, you will discover the basic traits of mammals, some of their behavior, and how they are grouped by scientists. Read on!

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.