Domain-Eukarya: The organisms in this domain contain membrane-bound organelles and a nucleus. Other organisms found in the Eukarya domain is the bombardier beetle and the pygmy marmoset.

The kingdom animalia contains all multicellular, eukaryotic organisms. These organisms have some type of skeletal support, specialized cells, and reproduce sexually. The Brazilian/Mexican free-tailed bat is also found in the Animalia kingdom.

The phylum chordata includes animals that have a notochord, which is a semi-flexible rod that provides structural support for the organism. Other characteristics of this phylum are bilateral symmetry, pharyngeal pouches, postnatal tail, and a nerve cord. The tiger musky and the American black bear are also members of the Chordata phylum.

The organisms in the class mammalia are warm blooded, have hair made of keratin, and a four chambered heart. Also, these organisms have mammary glands that produce milk, which is used to feed their young. The parental care is well developed. Additional members of the Mammilia class are the red fox and the dik-dik.

Cornivora translates as “flesh-eater,” but members of this order do not only eat meat; many are omnivores. These animals are characterized by their prominent canines. This fossa and walrus are found in the Carnivora order.

Family- Felidae:
Members of this taxonomic group are cats. They are one of the more strict species within the Cornivora order. Their diet consists of mostly herbivores, with the exception of the domestic cat. Their characteristics include excellent balance and retractable claws. The saber-tooth tiger is found in the Felidae family.
Figure 2. This phylogenetic tree is of the Felidae family. It shows where certain characteristics arose in cats. This image can be found at Evo Eco Devo Wiki.

Leopardus: Members of this genus are small and spotted. They are found in few places across North and South

Species- guigna: The guigna is one of the smallest felids found in South America, weighing approximately 2.2 kg.


phylogenetic tree

Figure 2. This is a phylogenetic tree of the family Felinae, going into more detail of both the Genus and Species. This allows a more specific view of cats in this family. It can be found at PLOS One.



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