Classification

Term Definition
Classification The division of organisms into groups, or classes, based on specific characteristics
Archaebacteria a kingdom made up of bacteria that live in extreme environments
Fungi a kingdom made up of nongreen, eukaryotic organisms that have no means of movement, reproduce by using spores, and get food by breaking down substances in their surrounding and absorbing the nutrients.
Taxonomy the science of describing, naming, and classifying organisms
Eubacteria a kingdom that contains all prokaryotes except archaebacteria
Plantae the taxonomic kingdom comprising all plants.
Dichotomous key an acid that is used to identify organisms and that consists of the answers to a series of questions
Protista of eukaryotic organisms that are unicellular and sometimes colonial or less often multicellular and that typically include the protozoans, most algae, and often some fungi
Animalia a kingdom made up of complex, multi – cellular organisms that lack cell walls, can usually move around, and quickly respond to their environment