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Linnaean Classification

A way of classifying organisms in a hierarchy based on similarities and physical traits.

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binomial nomenclature

Method of naming species with two names, consisting of the genus name and species name.

domain

Taxon in the revised Linnaean system that is larger and more inclusive than the kingdom.

genus

Taxon above the species in the Linnaean classification system; group of closely related species.

kingdom

Largest and most inclusive taxon in the original Linnaean classification system.

Linnaean classification

Classification system based on shared obvious physical traits, such as number of legs or shape of leaves; developed by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

taxon

(plural, taxa): A grouping of organisms in a classification system such as the Linnaean system; for example, species or genus.

taxonomy

Science of classifying organisms.

species

Group of genetically similar organisms that can mate together and produce fertile offspring.

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