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biodiversity the variety of organisms considered at all levels, from populations to ecosystems
binomial nomenclature a system for giving each organism a two word scientific name that consists of the genus name followed by the species name
class in a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a phylum or division and containing orders
domain in a modern taxonomic, the broadest category; the category that contains kingdoms
family in a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within an order and containing genera
genus in a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a family and containing species
kingdom in a traditional taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category, which contains a group of similar phyla
order in a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a class and containing families
phylum in a traditional taxonomic system for organisms other than plants, the category contained within a kingdom and containing classes
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
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
taxon any particular group within a taxonomic system
taxonomy the science of describing, naming, and classifying organisms
division in a traditional taxonomic system for plants, the category contained within a kingdom and containing classes
Created by: Addaleigh