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Biology Chapter 17.1

TermDefinition
Biodiversity The variety of organisms considered at all levels, from populations to ecosystems.
Taxonomy The science of describing, naming, and classifying organisms.
Taxon Any particular group within a taxonomic system.
Kingdom In a traditional taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category, which contains a group of similar phyla.
Domain In a modern taxonomic system, the broadest category; the category that contains kingdoms.
Phylum In a traditional taxonomic system for organisms other than plants, the category contained within a kingdom and containing classes.
Division In a traditional taxonomic system for plants, the category contained within a kingdom and containing classes.
Class In a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a phylum or division and containing orders.
Order In a traditional taxonomic system, the category contained within a class and containing families.
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.
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: DragonT20