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chapter 17 section 1

Biodiversity

TermDefinition
biodiversity the variety of organisms considered at all levels, from all populations to ecosystem
taxonomy the science of describing, naming and classifying organisms
kingdom in a traditional taxonomic system the highest taxonomic category which contains a group of similar phyla
genus in a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a family and containing species
species a group of organisms that are closely related and can mate to produce fertile offspring; also the level of classification below genus and above subspecies
binomial nomenclature a system for giving each organism a two word scientific name that consists of the genus name followed by the species name
subspecies a taxonomic classification below species that groups organisms that live in different geographical areas, differ morphologically from other populations of the species, but can interbreed with other populations of the species
Created by: campbellm19