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Example of Taxonomy

Taxonomy is a formal scientific classification of species and sub species of plants and animals. This system was introduced to put order into a range of scientific names and common names which was chaotic, producing multiple, often incorrect names, for species. Standard taxonomy uses a series of classifications and sub classifications to describe a species. The hierarchy of classification is formally written as:

Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Subclass
Order
Suborder
Family
Subfamily
Tribe
Genus
Species
Subspecies

In common usage and in most texts the extended classification system is redundant, and reduced to species-specific terms unless otherwise required.

Examples of Taxonomy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog#Taxonomy
http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/ants/fl_carpenter_ants.htm