Classification of Animals

By Matt Baker email   Updated 8 Jan 2013

This chart shows the biological classification of animals, plants, and other living things into domains, kingdoms, phylums, classes, and orders. It is not meant to be comprehensive but does show most major groups.

Bacteria Domain:


classification of animals

Archaea Domain:


Eukaryote Domain:

Protists


(amoebas, seaweed,
simple eukaryotes)



Classification debated

Fungus Kingdom

Zygomycota Phylum
(bread mold)

Ascomycota Phylum
(sac fungi, yeast)

Basidiomycota Phylum
(mushrooms)


Plant Kingdom

Chlorophyta Division
(green algae)

Bryophyta Division
(mosses)

Pterophyta Division
(ferns)

Conifer Division
(trees with cones)

Angiosperm Division
(flowering trees & plants)


Animal Kingdom

Poriferan Phylum
(sea sponges)

Cnidarian Phylum
(jellyfish, corals)

Mollusc Phylum
Gastropod Class (snails, slugs)

Cephalopod Class (squid, octopuses)

Bivalvian Class (clams, oysters)

Annelid Phylum
(segmented worms)

Arthopod Phylum
Arachnid Class
(spiders)

Malacostracan Class
(lobsters, crabs, shrimp)

Chilopodan Class
(centipedes)

Diplopodan Class
(millipedes)

Insect Class
Coleopteran
Order

(beetles)

Dipteran
Order

(flies)

Lepidopteran
Order
(moths,
butterflies)

Hymenopteran
Order

(ants, bees)

Hemipteran
Order

("true" bugs)

Dictyopteran
Order

(cockroaches)

Orthopteran
Order
(crickets,
grasshoppers)

Chordate Phylum
Chondrichthye Class
(sharks, cartilaginous fish)

Actinopterygii Class
(most fish)

Sarcopterygii Class
(lobe-finned fish)


Ancestor of all tetrapods (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals)

Amphibian Class
Anuran Order
(frogs, toads)

Caudatan Order
(salamanders)

Reptile Class
Testudine Order
(turtles, tortoises)

Squamatan Order
(lizards, snakes)

Crocodile Order

Ornithischian Order
(bird-hipped dinosaurs)


*EXTINCT*

Saurischian Order
(lizard-hipped dinosaurs)


*EXTINCT*
Ancestor of all birds

Avian (Bird) Class
Passeriforme
Order

(perching birds)

Psittaciforme
Order

(parrots)


Falconiforme
Order

(eagles, hawks)

Galliforme
Order

(turkey,
chickens)

Anseriforme
Order

(ducks,
swans)

Strigiforme
Order

(owls)

Sphenisciforme
Order

(penguins)

Mammalian Class
Monotreme
Order

(platypuses)

Diprotodontian
Order

(kangaroos,
koalas)

Artiodactyl
Order

(hippoes, giraffes, deer, cows, pigs)

Carnivore
Order

(bears, dogs, cats, seals, walruses)

Cetacean
Order

(whales,
dolphins)

Chiropteran
Order

(bats)

Insectivore
Order

(moles, shrews)

Lagomorph
Order

(rabbits)

Perissodactyl
Order

(horses, rhinos)

Primate
Order
(lemurs
monkeys, apes,
humans)

Proboscidean
Order

(elephants)

Rodent
Order

(mice, rats,
squirrels)


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