Asian Elephants

Ashley Wachowicz, Biology Honors, 1st period

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the science of naming organisms and assigning them to groups. They look at the previous unknown organisms and determine their relationships to known organisms and then give them names. There are seven levels of taxonomy: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

The Taxonomy of Asian Elephants

Kingdom: Animalia, this kingdom is for all animals. The animals in this kingdom are all Eukaryotic meaning that there cells have a nucleus. All animals in the Kingdom are heterotrophic and have to find their own food for survival.

Phylum: Chordata, this is the scientific word for spinal cord or nerve cord. Almost all animals in this class have a spinal cord.

Class: Mammalia. Animals in this class are all warm-blooded and the animals are born alive and are nourished with milk.

Order: Proboscidae. The animals in the order are described for having "trunks". These animals are classified by their tough tusks and the long muscular trunks.

Family: The Asian Elephant is in the family Elephanitdae. This family is largely made up of large terrestrial animals like Elephants and mammoths however many animals that were in this family are now extinct.

Genus: Elephas is the genus for the Asian Elephant. It is one of of the two surviving genera in the family of elephants.

Species: The Asian Elephant is in the species Maximus. It is the only living species of its genus to live in Southeast Asia to India and west to Borneo.

Map of Where the Asian Elephant lives

Sources for this Project

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