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Taxonomic Ranking


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You get to learn about the classification of living things, from Linnaeus’s system to modern phylogenetics. Practice your skills building and using dichotomous keys while working with different groups of plants and animals, then test your skills while classifying bacteria in a virtual microbiology lab.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define binomial classification.
  • Define taxon.
  • List the eight taxa of the modern classification system.
  • Explain the relationship between these taxa in terms of similarities, diversity, and number of individuals.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How does Carl Linnaeus's classification system work?

~ Carl Linnaeus's classification system gives every species a name consisting of two words. The first word is the genus the organism belongs to. The second word differs for every species found within that genus. Linnaeus's grouping system includes several categories or taxa. All organisms are grouped based on their common properties and characteristics.

What kingdom do both snakes and deer belong to?

~ Both snakes and deer are part of the Kingdom Animalia.

Which genus does the Dasypus novemcinctus, also known as the nine-banded armadillo, belong to?

~ The nine-banded armadillo is part of the genus Dasypus. We know this because it is the first word in the name of the species.

Arrange the taxonomic groups in order from the largest taxonomic group to the smallest: class, family, genus, kingdom, order, phylum, and species.

~ Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: binomial nomenclature, biology, and class.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary binomial nomenclature, biology, class