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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
The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.
2. Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System
Life on Earth is incredibly diverse, with over one million species. But have you ever wondered how all these organisms are named? In this lesson, you'll learn about the scientific naming system called binomial nomenclature.
3. Invertebrates: Organ Systems & Reproduction
If you thought that beetles, lobsters, and earthworms didn't have much in common, think again. All of them, plus thousands of others, are invertebrates. In this lesson we talk about their organ systems and reproduction.
4. Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification
Vertebrates are an interesting collection of animals, including humans, that have evolved over millions of years. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and even fish are included in the vertebrate category. Find out more here!
5. Bony Fish: Characteristics, Anatomy & Types
Most of the world's fish are osteichthyes, meaning that they have bony skeletons. In this lesson, we will explore the definition, characteristics, anatomy, and some examples of bony fish.
6. Amphibians: Traits, Types & Roles
Amphibians. Does the word conjure up images of slimy frogs and salamanders? Or perhaps a case of warts after handling a toad? Amphibians are a fascinating group of animals that we don't see very often. Find out more in this lesson.
7. Reptiles: Features, Types & Importance
Reptiles are more than just snakes. In this lesson, we'll explore the reptile class, discover what other animals are reptiles, what makes them related, and why they are important.
8. Birds: Traits, Types & Importance
Have you ever wanted to be a bird? Or thought about flying like a bird? In this lesson, we're going to learn about why birds are birds, how they fly, and why they're important to us both ecologically and economically.
9. Mammals: Traits, Behavior & Grouping
Ever wondered what the largest mammal on Earth was? Or what traits connect mammals together? In this lesson, you will discover the basic traits of mammals, some of their behavior, and how they are grouped by scientists. Read on!
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