Introducing the Kingdom Animalia: A Classification of Animals and Their Attributes
The Kingdom Animalia is a large group of classification of animals that are multicellular and eukaryotic. It includes the animals from all three domains of life: plants, fungi, and animals. There are over one million identified species in this kingdom alone. The classification of these creatures is done by their animal’s phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. This article will teach you what these words mean so that you can better understand the classification process of the Kingdom Animalia.
What is a classification?
Classification is the process of putting species into groups or categories. This is done to make it easier for people to understand and compare the organisms. In the Kingdom Animalia, animals are classified according to their phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.
The phylum of an animal refers to its body plan. There are six major phyla in the Kingdom Animalia: Cnidaria (jellyfish), Porifera (sponges), Platyhelminthes (flatworms), Mollusca (snails and clams), Annelida (segmented worms), and Arthropoda (creatures with jointed legs). Animals within these phyla all share common characteristics like having a non-cellular structure that protects their organs.
The Kingdom Animalia
The Kingdom Animalia is one of the largest groups of classification in the animal kingdom. This kingdom is divided into two different kingdoms: plants and animals. The division between these two kingdoms is determined by their cell walls. The cells in plants are surrounded by cellulose cell walls, while the cells in animals are surrounded by membranes made of chitin.
This kingdom covers every single animal on earth from every domain of life including fungi, plants, and animals. There are over one million identified species in this kingdom alone!
When we classify an animal, we first identify its phylum. A phylum is a group that contains many organisms with distinct anatomical and genetic similarities. In the Kingdom of Animalia, there are five different phyla: Arthropoda (arthropods), Chordata (vertebrates), Mollusca (animals with shells), Annelida (segmented worms), and Echinodermata (sea stars). After identifying which phylum that organism belongs to, we then identify what class they belong to within that phylum. All arthropods belong to the class Insecta, all vertebrates belong to the class Chordata, etcetera.
Next, you will want to identify what order your animal belongs to within their class. For example; all insects belong to the order Hexapoda so you would include this word after the word insect when listing its classification. You would then identify what family it belongs
Understanding the Phylum
Phylum is the second classification of Kingdom Animalia. It is a group of related animals that are classified together due to their similar morphology, physiology, and origin. The phylum groups can include more than one animal class because they share common characteristics. For example, the Chordata phylum includes mammals and fish as it is a group of animals with a backbone.
Understanding the Class
ifications of the Kingdom Animalia
The classification of animals is done by their phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. The Kingdom Animalia is a large group of classification of animals that are multicellular and eukaryotic. It includes the animals from all three domains of life: plants, fungi, and animals. There are over one million identified species in this kingdom alone. The classification of these creatures is done by their animal’s phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. This article will teach you what these words mean so that you can better understand the classification process of the Kingdom Animalia.
Understanding the Order
An order is a group of animals that share the same common ancestor. It is divided into either one or two levels from the family down to the species. Examples of orders are mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Understanding the Family
The family represents the classification of animals into closely related groups. There are four main types of animal families:
Class: The Class is the classification for the Kingdom Animalia, which includes all animals that are not plants or fungi. It is further divided into subclasses where different categorizations are made, such as invertebrates and vertebrates.
Order: An order is a group of related families and it is classified by their characteristic similarities. Examples of orders include mammals, birds, and insects.
Genus: A genus is a group of closely related species that share common characteristics with one another, such as body shape and size.
Species: The species name has two parts to make up the classification process; they are the biological name (species) and its genus name (genus). The species is also sometimes known as the “binomial” name. For example, Panthera leo would be a lion’s binomial name consisting of the genus “Panthera,” followed by “Leo” which means lion in Latin.
Understanding the Genus
The genus is the classification of a species. It is usually given by the researcher who first described the animal. For example, cats are in the genus of Felis. The common name for felis in Latin was catus, which means cat. So, an animal’s genus will be written with two words, the first being its common name and the second being its Latin name. Cats are in the genus of Felis Catus
A key thing to remember about an animal’s genus is that if there are more than one species within a certain category, they will share a prefix before their specific Latin name to tell them apart. For example, when looking at the Felidae family, there are three genera within this family: Puma Pardus and Leopardus. The prefixes used here are Puma (Pumas), Pardus (Leopards), and Leopardus (Jaguars). By knowing these prefixes you can better understand what type of creature you are reading about or discussing.
Understanding the Species
and Classification Process
The animal classification process starts with a species, which is a group of related animals that share common traits. The last word in the name of the animal is typically the specific or singular form of it. For example, humans are Homo sapiens and dogs are Canis lupus familiaris.
An order is a rank or category that contains several families. There are about 30 orders for animals and each order is split into different families. An example of an order for animals is Chiroptera, which consists of bats.
A family contains several genera, so it would be easier to understand the classification process by starting with what a genius means. A genus is the second word in an animal’s name and it refers to a set of closely related species within an order. For instance, Felidae includes cats like lions and tigers while Ursus maritimus belongs to the Ursidae family.
A species is made up of two words: the genus and its specific form–for example, Canis lupus familiaris or Homo sapiens–and this represents one unique type of animal on Earth.