Organisms are placed in taxonomic classifications based on differences and similarities of their traits. If you know what critical traits to look for, it is possible to separate any animal into a taxonomic category using a dichotomous key.
The common taxonomic categories are Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species (Specific Epithet). This assignment will explore the Phylum and Class categories.
The assignment document contains a table with nine images. The images are examples of nine different animal phyla: Porifera, Cnidaria, Nematoda, Arthropoda, Platyhelminthes, Annelida, Mollusca, Echinodermata, and Chordata.
First download U5 Animal Table 2018document.
Next, download the Dichotomous Keydocument.
Use the dichotomous key to determine the class category, as shown for each animal (picture), and write the class names under the Classification Column on the table.
For help on how to use the dichotomous key, download and review the document called How to Use the Dichotomous Key.
Submit your completed table