Archaea kingdom [move existing article to new location]
Why use scientific names?
Ever hear of the cougar? Mountain lion? Puma? American panther? Florida panther? They’re all the same animal.
Guinea pigs? They’re not from Guinea, and are not pigs.
Jellyfish and starfish? Not fish.
Strawberries, bayberries, raspberries, and blackberries? Not true botanical berries!
(A berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single flower, and containing one ovary. The plant’s entire ovary wall ripens into an edible outer layer.)
Actual berries include: Bananas (!), Blueberries, Cranberries, Coffee berries, Elderberry, Grapes.)
Obviously, sometimes the common names for animals and plants are misleading.
That’s Latin for “2-word name system.”
We use a capitalized genus name, and an uncapitalized specific name.
They are are italicized.
They can be abbreviated by making an initial of the first word and spelling out the second.
You may be familiar with E. coli -> Escherichia coli, a common intestinal bacterium that can make you very sick.
Examples of binomial nomenclature for cats
- Subfamily Pantherinae
- Genus Panthera
- Genus Neofelis [Lineage 1]
- Genus Pardofelis
- Marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata)
- Genus Leopardus [Lineage 4]
- Geoffroy’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
- Kodkod (Leopardus guigna)
- Andean mountain cat (Leopardus jacobitus)
- Pampas cat (Leopardus pajeros)
- Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
Examples of binomial names for Canines
- True dogs – Tribe Canini
- True foxes – Tribe Vulpini
Animal versus Plant: The first way to categorize life
Carl von Linne, a Swedish botanist (plant scientist) created the first modern classification system for biology.
He was also called Carolus Linnaeus. Latin was the common language for European science, and so names were sometimes Latinized.
The Linnaean system – with modifications – is still used today. Here’s how it works.
Each particular type of organism is designated a species.
* Species are collected within a larger grouping, a genus.
* Similar genuses are grouped into a family.
* Families are grouped into an order
* Orders into a class
* Classes into a phylum.
* Phyla into a Kingdom.
Levels of classification
Here we see a family tree of some carnivores.
Animal, plant or other?
In Linnaeus’s time, people only recognized plants and animals. Seaweed was thought to be a plant.
Today we know that seaweed is really in a protist, a kingdom that wouldn’t be understood and named until later.
Mushrooms were thought to be plants – but they are really fungi.
They’re not plants at all. They don’t use photosynthesis.
What about bacteria? Or protozoans?
No one even knew of the existence of single-celled organisms at that time, so they weren’t part of the Linnaean system at that time.
6 Kingdoms of life
Today we sort life into six kingdoms:
There are also viruses, which by themselves aren’t fully alive, but are made of biological molecules, and reproduce inside living organisms.
3 Domain model
In 1977 Carl Woese blew the roof off the world of biology. His RNA study of little known single-celled organisms showed that there was an entire form of life our planet that had never been recognized. It was almost like discovering alien life on Earth.
The DNA of Archaea are more closely related to animals, than to bacteria!
By 1990 so much had been discovered about this strange new domain of life, that he proposed a new way of classifying life on Earth – and his argument was so compelling that biologists around the world accepted his new system.
MCAS sample questions
Feb 2016 MCAS. The table below gives the common names, scientific names, and known geographic locations of several wild cats.
a. Using their common names, identify all the wild cats listed in the table that belong to the same genus.
b. Identify and explain one type of evidence scientists could have used to classify these wild cats.
The three kinds of tigers listed in the table are all classified as one species.
c. Based on the information in the table, identify which kind of tiger has the greatest chance of becoming a separate species. Explain your answer.
d. Describe how scientists could determine if one of the kinds of tigers becomes a separate species
Feb 2017 MCAS. A botanist studied two groups of rice plants to determine how they are related. Both groups of plants have similar shapes, but one group has longer stalks. When the botanist cross-pollinated plants from one group with plants from the
other group, the seeds produced did not sprout or grow. Which of the following conclusions is best supported by this information?
A. The two groups are the same species because the plants have similar shapes.
B. The two groups are different species because they have differently sized stalks.
C. The two groups are different species because the seeds produced cannot
sprout or grow.
D. The two groups are the same species because the plants were cross-pollinated and produced seeds.
Science (Biology), Grades 6–8.
Classify organisms into the currently recognized kingdoms according to characteristics that they share. Be familiar with organisms from each kingdom.
Biology, High School
5.2 Describe species as reproductively distinct groups of organisms. Recognize that species are further classified into a hierarchical taxonomic system (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species) based on morphological, behavioral, and molecular similarities.
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Students should begin to extend their attention from external anatomy to internal structures and functions. Patterns of development may be brought in to further illustrate similarities and differences among organisms. Also, they should move from their invented classification systems to those used in modern biology… A classification system is a framework created by scientists for describing the vast diversity of organisms, indicating the degree of relatedness between organisms, and framing research questions.
Evolution and diversity: Origin of life, evidence of evolution, patterns of evolution, natural selection, speciation, classification and diversity of organisms.
Biological classifications are based on how organisms are related. Organisms are classified into a hierarchy of groups and subgroups based on similarities which reflect their evolutionary relationships. Species is the most fundamental unit of classification.