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Diversity of Animal Life - Chapter Summary
How are animals named and classified? What are different types of fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds? These questions and more are answered when you examine the lessons contained in this chapter.
Through definitions, illustrations and examples, you can learn details about the traits, features and other information about diverse animal groups. Once you have completed a thorough review of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Provide details about the classification system used for all living things
- Relate information about the scientific naming system for animals
- Identify key features of vertebrates and invertebrates
- Name characteristics and examples of bony fish
- List types and traits of amphibians, reptiles and birds
- Explain the behavior and traits of mammals and how they are grouped
Short but detailed lessons offer expert instruction and take just 5-10 minutes to completely review. You can access them at any time, on any device, so creating a study schedule is easy to fit any busy lifestyle. Instructors can be contacted with any questions regarding this material. Self-assessment quizzes are available for each lesson that can help you confirm how much you have retained and whether you need further review of any topics.
1. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things
Scientific names are used in taxonomy, the study of naming and classifying living things. Learn more about the characteristics of organisms in the six kingdoms and how the kingdoms are grouped into three domains.
2. Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System
Scientists use a binomial naming system, the lowest level of the taxonomic classification system, to give every species a distinct name. Learn the parts of binomial nomenclature, its rules, and the higher levels of the scientific classification system.
3. Invertebrates: Organ Systems & Reproduction
Organ systems of invertebrates have significant differences from that of vertebrates. Learn how the bodies of invertebrates perform different functions such as digestion, excretion, circulation, respiration, reproduction, and support.
4. Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification
Vertebrates are organisms that have a backbone, or spinal column. Learn about the definition of vertebrates, and explore the features and classification that distinguish them from invertebrates.
5. Bony Fish: Characteristics, Anatomy & Types
Bony fish are called Osteichthyes, or fish that have bony skeletons. Explore the characteristics, physiology, anatomy, and different types of bony fish and review some examples of them.
6. Amphibians: Traits, Types & Roles
Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates that have moist skin without scales and can live in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Learn more about amphibians, and explore their traits, types, and roles.
7. Reptiles: Features, Types & Importance
Reptiles are vertebrates that have dry, scaly skin and mostly lay shelled eggs. Learn about the definition, features, and types of reptiles and understand why they are important.
8. Birds: Traits, Types & Importance
Birds are feathered, warm-blooded vertebrates that are capable of flight. Explore the general traits of birds and their diverse types, discover how they fly, review their breeding habits, and examine their ecological importance.
9. Mammals: Traits, Behavior & Grouping
Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by live births and the possession of hair or fur. Explore the general traits of mammals and learn about their behaviors, reproduction, and groupings.
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