Taxonomy of a Drill Monkey

By: Cameron Beal

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the study of classifying organisms. There are 7 levels of taxonomy, each more specific than the other one. These levels are called Taxon and they include Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

Each organism is using a 2 name system which is the Genus and Species.

Taxonomy of the Drill Monkey

Kingdom: Animalia- the Drill Monkeys are multicellular, are eukaryotic, they also have to eat other thing to keep living they cannot produce photosynthesis.

Phylum: Chordate- this phylum means that these things have a nerve cord in their body or vertebrae at some point in their life.

Class: Mammalia- this means that these animals do not lay eggs they give natural birth to their young.  This is the difference in birds and animals.

Order: Primate- this order includes ones that arose from ones that came from ancestors that lived in tropical forests in the trees

Family: Cercopithecidae- they come from this family which is also referred to as the Old World Monkeys.  They are native to Africa and Asia, being in the areas of savannas, tropical rain forests, shrubland, and mountain like terrains.

Genus: Madrillus- this type of monkey used to be in the same group as the baboon because they look so much alike.  They both inhabit the same areas typically, which are on the grounds of rain forests and the occasional grassland in Central Africa.

Species: Mandrillus leucophaeus- "The drill is a short-tailed monkey up to 70 cm (28 in) long, similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacks the bright blue and red on the face of that species." - Wikipedia


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