Classification of Ceratotherium simum

Classification of the White Rhino

  • Domain: Eukarya

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Mammalia

  • Order:  Perissodactyla

  • Family: Rhinocerotidae

  • Genus: Ceratotherium

  • Species: Ceratotherium simum

     Why are white rhinos in these separate groups?

Animalia- Reproduce sexually, their cells lack cell walls, they get nutrients from another source, no alternation of generations

Chordata- are predators and/or herbivores, hollow nerve cord that lies dorsal to the notochord,  Postanal tail extends beyond anus

Mammalia- are endothermic, possess hair/fur for insulation and warmth, presence of mammary gland for young

Perissodactyla- odd-toed, hoofed forms, gall bladder lacking, herbivorous

Rhinocerotidae- barral shaped bodies, as adults weigh more than 2000 pounds, have horns that never stop growing (also not attached to the skull), poor eye site, but good hearing, sweat glands all over body to help keep cool

Ceratotherium- from the Greek cerato, meaning "horn" and therium, meaning "wild beast"

Ceratotherium simum- these are the white rhinos, from the Greek simus, meaning "flat nosed", this is how they differ from the black rhinos.

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