What are the eight levels of biological classification of organisms?
Biological classification is also known as biological taxonomy.
The eight biological taxonomic ranks are listed below from highest (most general) to lowest (most specific):
- PhylumA / DivisionB
A Phylum is preferred in zoology
B Division is preferred in botany
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The biological hierarchy refers to the different levels of classification from domain to species (eight levels). The three domains are Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya, while the types of species number in the high hundred thousands or low millions. Each organism can be classified into a race and then taxonomically into species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, and then domain.
Classification is the process of grouping organisms based on their similarities and taxonomy is the scientific study of how living things are named and classified. Scientists classify items in the natural world by using a Dichotomous Key. The Dichotomous Key is a tool that is used to determine the identity of something by answering a series of questions. Most organisms are classified into eight levels. The more classification levels that two organisms share, the more…