Week 7 Vocabulary - Classification

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Class

a taxonomic category containing orders with common characteristics

Classification

the division of organisms into groups, or classes, based on specific characteristics

Dichotomous Key

an aid that is used to identify unknown organisms and that consists of the answers to a series of questions, of which each involves alternate choices

Family

the taxonomic category below the order and above the genus

Genus

the level of classification that comes after family and that contains similar species

Kingdom

the highest taxonomic category, which contains a group of similar phyla

Order

the taxonomic category below the class and above the family

Phylum

the taxonomic group below kingdom and above class

Species

a group of organisms that are closely related and can mate to produce fertile offspring; also the level of classification below genus

Taxonomy

the science of describing, naming, and classifying organisms

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