Classification of Animals

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Animals With Backbones




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Animals With Backbones
• Animals with backbones are called vertebrates. • Vertebrates include many different kinds of animals. They can be found just about everywhere – in oceans, rivers, forests, mountains, and deserts. • Animals with backbones can be broken up into smaller groups by characteristics. • They are:
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us/teachers/jswi .Fish adapted from . • Their body temperatures vary in the water. adapted from http://gideon. • Many fish are covered with scales that protects them. • They breathe through • They have fins that help them to steer and balance in the water. • They come in many sizes and shapes.Fish Characteristics • They are the largest group of vertebrates. .Amphibians adapted from

us/teachers/jswi .Amphibian Characteristics • Their body temperature varies with their surroundings. adapted from http://gideon. • Adult amphibians breathe air from lungs. • Some have smooth moist skin. • Young amphibians breathe through gills like fish. • Amphibians hatch from eggs and they can live on land as an

mo.Reptiles adapted from .k12.

They can include animals as large as a crocodile. dry deserts and in They have dry scaly skin. Their body temperature varies with their environment. They lay their eggs on land.Reptile Characteristics • • • • • Reptiles can move at various .k12. adapted from http://gideon. • They live in hot. wet tropical rain forests. .Birds adapted from http://gideon.k12.

• There are about 9. No other animal has this feature.000 types of birds.Bird Characteristics • Birds lay hard shelled eggs that hatch in their nest. • Birds range in size from as small as your finger or as large as a human. adapted from http://gideon. • Birds are vertebrates that have wings and they are covered with feathers. This helps them to • The bird’s skeleton is very light in .k12. .Mammals adapted from http://gideon.

mo. • They feed milk to their young.Mammal Characteristics • They include a wide range of animals: ape. kangaroos. • The hair keeps the animals warm. lions. adapted from http://gideon. bats. and .k12. • Humans are mammals but they (animals) have more hair than we do. • Their young grows inside the mother.

k12.Invertebrates adapted from .mo. . and other water • Some can be found in ponds.Invertebrate Classification • What is an Invertebrate? • Invertebrates are animals that do not have backbones. • 97 % of the animal kingdom is made up of invertebrates. • Insects and some other invertebrates have exoskeletons. adapted from http://gideon.

us/teachers/jswi . There are six groups of Exoskeleton is a hard outer covering that protects an animal’s body and gives it support.k12. They are: adapted from http://gideon.

Sponges adapted from .

us/teachers/jswi . • Sponges stay fixed in one place.Sponges Characteristics • They look like plants but they are animals. adapted from http://gideon. • Water flows through the holes of their body which enables them to catch • Their bodies are full of holes and their skeleton is made of spiky fibers.

us/teachers/jswi and Jellyfish adapted from http://gideon. Hydras.

• They move from place to place. • Hydras have tentacles that catch their food. • They feed by catching tiny animals in their tentacles.Characteristics • Corals look like plants but they belong to the animal and other animals in its adapted from tentacles . • They have soft tubelike bodies with a single opening surrounded by armlike parts called tentacles. http://gideon. • Jellyfish catch • Hydras are much smaller animals.

k12. Roundworms.Worms: Flatworms. and Segmented worms adapted from .

us/teachers/jswi .mo. • They can be found in both land and water environments.k12. adapted from http://gideon.Worm Characteristics • Worms are tube-shaped invertebrates which allows them to be put into groups.

and flattened bodies. • A tapeworm is a flatworm that can live inside the body of animals and .k12. adapted from http://gideon. It can cause you to become sick.Flatworms • They have a head and a

• They too can make people and other animals sick. adapted from http://gideon. • They live in damp places and they can also live inside humans and other animals.Roundworm • They have rounded .k12.

• They prefer burrowing through moist soil. or adapted from . • This allows them to move easily and it keeps them from drying out. • Their bodies are divided in segments.Segmented worms • The earthworm belongs to this group of worms.

Starfish and Sea Urchins adapted from .

• A starfish has five arms and no head! • The hard. • Its body is covered with spines. • A sea urchin belongs to this same group.k12. adapted from • It belongs to a group of invertebrates that have tiny tube feet and body parts arranged around a central area. spiny covering of the starfish gives the animal .

us/teachers/jswi .Mollusks adapted from

• A clam has two shells joined together by a . • Squids and octopuses are also mollusk. • Their hard shells are small. a rough tongue. adapted from http://gideon. but they are inside their Characteristics • A mollusk has a hard shell.k12. and a muscular foot. • A snail is a mollusk with a single hard shell.

Arthropods adapted from .k12.

• As it grows.Arthropod Characteristics • Arthropods are a group of invertebrates with jointed legs and hard exoskeleton that protect the • A lobster is an arthropod. • The largest group of arthropods are . or sheds its old exoskeleton. • Then it grows a new exoskeleton that allows its body to continue to grow. adapted from http://gideon.k12. it molts.

us/teachers/jswi . • Insects have bodies divided into three parts. • Centipedes uses its many legs to run from enemies. and Centipedes/Millipedes • They are the only invertebrates that can fly. • Spiders have jointed legs (eight legs) Insects. • Centipedes and millipedes are also arthropods. • Millipedes roll up their bodies when they sense danger approaching. adapted from http://gideon. Spiders. jaws and fangs. and six legs.

k12. Vertebrates do have backbones. and worms. lizards. mites. They include animals such as: Horses. adapted from . birds. insects. and snakes. cats.Summary Invertebrates do not have backbones. They include the smallest animals such as: spiders. dogs.

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