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Classify Animals Ch3

Classifying Animals

TermDefinition
Taxonomy the science of classifying organisms
cartilage a material in vertebrate skeletons, softer than bone
gill breathing structure for vertebrates that live in water
vertebrates animals with backbones
vertebra one of the bones or block of cartilage that makes up a backbone
species a group of organisms that can breed with each other to produce offspring like themselves
invertebrates animals without backbones
classify to group things based on the features they share
scientific name the name given to each species consisting of its genus and its species label
amphibian a vertebrate that lives at first in water and then on land
metamorphosis a major change in form that occurs as some animals develop into adults
reptile an egg-laying vertebrate that breathes with lungs
mammary gland a milk-producing structure on the chest or abdomen of a mammal
warm-blooded having a body temperature that stays the same (birds and mammals)
cold-blooded having a body temperature that changes with its surroundings (fish, amphibians, and reptiles)
Created by: alaskowitz