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Animal Facts and Information   Tags: animals, birds, fish, insects, lizards, worms, zoology  

Find out various details on the creatures that exist in our world!
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome to the Animal Kingdom Lib Guide!  We'll discuss various types of animals, under what classification they fall, some of their habits, their environments, and other interesting information.  You will discover facts you may not have known, and will remember other details you've forgotten.

Please go through the guide; part of it is interactive, as the fun quiz to the left will show.  Other sections will provide scientific data that could help researchers learn more about the animal or insect they are studying.  There is something here for everyone, so please peruse the information, and if you have any questions about the guide, please contact me.

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Animal Classifications

The animal kingdom is divided into several categories.  Scientifically, the categories are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.  To help remember that, Bright Hub Education remembered a phrase taken from the St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri: King Phillip came over for good spaghetti.  Each word has the first letter of the classification to which it belongs.  It's a great mnemonic to use to remember the categories.

For the basics, the animals are split between vertebrates (with a spine or backbone) and invertebrates (no spine or backbone).  Examples of vertebrates are dogs, cats, fish, monkeys, parrots, salamanders, etc.  Invertebrate examples are sponges, jellyfish, butterflies, squid, spiders, etc.

Vertebrates are broken down into additional classifications: Mammals, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, and Reptiles.  Many people tend to combine reptiles and amphibians into one group, but there are distinct differences, which will be explained in another section of the guide.

Invertebrates are divided, also.  These classifications are more scientific-sounding: Annelid (Worms), Echinoderm (Starfish, spiky Sea Anemonae, etc.); Cnidaria (Squid, Jellyfish), Arthropod (Centipedes, Millipedes, Beetles, Ants, etc.); Mollusks, and Sponges.


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Vertebrates and Invertebrates


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