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Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity (name) BIO 100 August 28, 2011 (instructor name)
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Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity The kingdom Animalia includes mammals, insects, birds, echinoderms, and other species. This paper will examine the following in particular: armadillos, elephants, butterflies, termites, hummingbirds, penguins, starfishes, and sand dollars. They share the same characteristics that distinguish them apart from other species, including the fact that they are eukaryotic and generally multicellular. They are also motile, heterotrophic, lack cell walls, and most animal embryos go through a blastula stage. Armadillos and elephants are the species that I have chosen for this paper. These mammals share the same characteristics. They are warm-blooded; their offspring are born alive, and have lungs to breathe air. On the other hand, these mammals have apparent differences. The body characteristics are the most evident. An armadillo is of moderate size, has hard armor-like skin, short legs, and has claws. An elephant’s physical characteristics consist of its enormous size, tusks, and a trunk. 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. The elephant belongs to the order Proboscidea, which only contains one family of living animals. This includes the African Bush Elephant, Asian Elephant, and African Forest Elephant. Animals that feed by their trunk are classified in the Proboscidea order . The armadillo is the only family in the order Cingulata, including the super order Xenartha, which includes anteaters and sloths. Animals with girdle like shells are classified in the Cingulata order .
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