Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity
The Kingdom Animalia contains many different species of animals. The estimation is
that there are around nine or ten million different species found on Earth. Kingdom Animalia is
made up these species, which are discussed in this paper: mammals, insects, birds, and
echinoderms. In this paper, the following animals will be discussed: armadillos, butterflies,
elephants, hummingbirds, penguins, sand dollars, starfish, and termites. The above-mentioned
animals have some similar and some separate characteristics that make them different from other
animals. In addition, these animals are usually eukaryotic, heterotrophic, multicellular, mobile,
are lacking cell walls, and go through a stage known as blastula.
Armadillos and elephants are only two animals that make up the vast classification of
mammals. These animals have similar characteristics such as bearing live born, breathe air with
lungs, and are warm-blooded. However, these two animals have differences, which are
noticeable. The characteristics of their bodies provide the most evidence. Armadillos are of a
size, which is moderate, their skin is like armor, and they possess short legs and claws.
Armadillos use their claws to dig for food such as grubs or insects. Armadillos belong to the
family Cingulata, and Xenartha, which is made up of sloth and anteaters. Animals that possess a
girdle like shell are classified as Cingulata (National Geographic, 1996).
The characteristics of the elephant are huge size, having a trunk and tusk. Elephants eat
plants mostly placing them in the class known as herbivores. Elephants belong to the family
Proboscidea, and are the only animals in this classification. This classification is made up of