Kingdom Animalia contains all different animal species. This paper will describe the
biodiversity of mammals, insects, birds, and echinoderms. The description of the species in
particular is elephants, armadillos, termites, butterflies, penguins, hummingbirds, starfishes, and
sand dollars. These species have different characteristics, the fact is that all of them are all
eukaryotic, multi-cellular, heterotrophic, lack cell walls, are motile, and pass through a blastula
stage as animals.
Elephants and armadillos are just some of the species out of the huge collection of mammals.
These two share the same characteristics which are warm-blooded; their young are born alive,
and have lungs to breath. Despite their similarities, these two have apparent differences. The
bodies are the most evident. An elephant’s physical characteristics consist of its enormous size;
have tusks, and even a trunk (Myers, 2008). An armadillo is very small and has hard armor-like
skin, short legs, and has claws (Myers, 2008). Also, an elephant’s diet is usually plant flood,
considering that it is an herbivore, while an armadillo uses its sharp claws to dig for grubs or
insects (National Geographic Society, 2008).The elephant belongs to the Proboscides, which
only contains one family of living animals, the elephants includes three species such as African
Bush Elephant, Asian Elephant, and African Forest Elephant (McKenzie, 2001). The
Proboscides order classifies animals that feed by their trunks. The armadillo is the only family in
the order Cingulata, as well as a super-order Xenarthra, which also includes anteaters and sloths.
The Cingulata order classifies animals with girdle like shells. This not only helps protect the