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An answer is found at the Wikipedia page for Taipan: The common name, taipan, was coined by anthropologist Donald Thomson after the word used by the Wik-Mungkan Aboriginal people of central Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia. This passage is citing Sutton. 1995. Wik Ngathan Dictionary as support. I cannot evaluate the truth in this statement ...


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I think the Wikipedia entry on Colonies in biology is helpful. It writes: ...a colonial organism can be distinguished from a conventional multicellular organism by the looser association and repeating nature of its component subunits—perhaps with specializations, but still visibly similar. The components can also be recognized as organisms in ...


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The NCBI Taxonomy statistics page displays the following information: There are currently 73540 genera, 331418 species, and 23127 taxa of higher order. Since the number of taxa decreases with the genericity of the taxon, there are probably around 20000 families, give or take a few thousand.


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The Plant List has 642 families listed: http://www.theplantlist.org/1.1/about/#changes. For a quick comparison, Wikipedia lists 522 fish families: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fish_families 136 mammal families: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammal_classification 61 amphibian families: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amphibians 57 reptile families: ...


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Because Algae are represented across four kingdoms, namely Bacteria (unicellular prokaryotes), Plantae (multicellular eukaryotes), Chromista (multicellular eukaryotes), and Protozoa (single-celled eukaryotes). For example, I. Chlorophyta is unicellular: I. Chlorophyta. Source: University of Wisconsin While kelp can become huge and can form underwater ...



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