Bio 100 week 6 Day 7 Scientific Taxonomy and Earth's Biodiversity

Bio 100 week 6 Day 7 Scientific Taxonomy and Earth's Biodiversity

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Eight Types of Species Eight Types of Species Monica Anderson Axia College: Biology 100 May 19, 2009 1
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Eight Types of Species The animal kingdom is huge and one could spend a lifetime studying and recording all of the animals it contains. The following paragraphs contain a brief summary of eight species from four different classes. It will show how they are similar and how they vary. The animals that will be compared and contrasted are from the families of mammals, insects, birds, and echinoderms. From the mammal class I decided to compare and contrast elephants and mice. The elephant is the bigger of the two mammals and can be found in Africa, Asia, and many zoos across the world. They live long social lives. However, the mouse is found everywhere and is relatively small. They have short life spans. Both the elephant and the mouse have a great sense of smell, and live in big groups that are lead by females. They both bare live young and damage farmer’s crops. The differences are that a mouse has a weak and flexible skeleton. The elephant has a skeleton that is solid and meant to hold a massive amount of weight and muscle. The gestation period between the mouse and the elephant greatly vary. The mouse gestates for 21 days whereas the elephant gestates for 22 months. The mouse belongs to the Rodentia family and the elephant belongs to the Proboscidea. The mouse is classified as a rodent because they are specialized for gnawing on things. The elephant is classified as a Proboscidea simply because they are elephants. There are only two species that belong to the Proboscidea family and that is the African and Asian elephants. However, squirrels and rats belong to the Rodentia family. I decided to choose the butterfly and mantis from the insect family. The Monarch butterfly covers a big geographic range. They are migratory insects
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Bio 100 week 6 Day 7 Scientific Taxonomy and Earth's Biodiversity

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