Questions tagged [taxonomy]

Questions on the classification of biological organisms, and the methods used for classifying them.

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What spider is that in south of Brazil?

I'd like to know if it is possible to identify the spider in the photo below. In fact, as shown in the next picture, it is very small. Location: South of Brazil.
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Identification of Jumping Spider Species

I found this jumping spider (Salticidae family) in Pune/India. Most common species of jumpers in my region is heavy-bodied jumper (Hyllus semicupreus), but this is different species by observing body ...
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Help me identify this fly species?

I found this fly in Bengaluru/India. It was larger than usual flies. It was more than 1cm in size, with black color which has blue shades in it. I managed to take just this one pic, then it flew away.
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Why are bovines different genera if they can interbreed?

Why are bovinae a "subfamily", above Genus, when members can interbreed? Some like the beefalo are fertile, which is the normal defining characteristic of a species. And Genus are groups more ...
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Pre-linnaean names, where can I ask about current IDs?

I run a large website with lots of historical herb books. For the older ones, finding out current botanical names is very difficult. Can I ask here? If not, does anybody know where I could ask what ...
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For which taxonomic levels are xylotomical, embryological, and palynological evidence each most useful in determining species relationships?

From the 2010 USABO Semi: In plant systematics, three lines of evidence may be useful in determining relationships; xylotomical (wood anatomy), embryological and palynological. Match these ...
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Taxonomy and 'breeds' of animal species

How do taxonomists classify breeds of organisms in a species? When talking in such depths about organisms (using RNA and DNA), don't they have to unavoidably do it? I read in another question that ...
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More general usage of the term 'congener'

In taxonomy the term 'congener' refers to two species within the same genus. In more colloquial usage, it can refer to any two objects within the same category. Is there a way to refer to related ...
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Using spp. for taxa other than Genus

Can spp. be used for taxa other than genus ? For example Noctuidae spp. meaning certain genera in the Noctuidae family.
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Appropriateness of PCA to visualize clusters in genetic data

In many genetic studies, PCA is often utilized to examine genetic cluster in human populations. Rarely is the % variance reported for the components. With human data it's been my experience that the ...
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what is the classification of this stream insect?

This insect I found from Southers region of Bangladesh. Its limbs are larger than its body.and the picture shows its dorsal part.
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Plant determination: Lilium monadelphum versus L. szovitsianum

Lilium monadelphum, L. szovitsianum and L. armenicum belong to group of yellow flowering Lilium species and they are both often cultivated. These species come from Caucasus area, so the first two are ...
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How detailed a construction of the family tree of known human fossils do we have?

For the sake of this question, by "human" I mean Hominina. The best I could find is this, which isn't very detailed. Of the dozens of paleospecies we'd seek to link up, do we have a more detailed tree ...
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Gorgonopsid--What's In a Name?

The Gorgon--a terrifying, monstrous female with hairs made of live snakes and a stare so horrifying that it would literally turn you to stone. The Gorgonopsid--a predatory protomammal that hunted ...
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Insect identification: Fly with eye strip

Location details: Country - India, State - Tamil Nadu, District- Chennai. Found this fly in my backyard keen to know its exact name. Thanks for the help
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How are asexual species classified?

Are there multiple distinct genetic lineages of asexual species that are closely enough related to not be considered distinct or does any genetic change result in a new species? I would assume there'...
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How related do life forms need to be to produce hybrids?

Specifically, I'm asking about infertile hybrids like ligers, mules, camas, etc. How closely related do animals need to be?
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Have traditional categories such as phylum, class, genus, been dispensed with in modern taxonomy?

Looking through the one zoom and EOL projects I see no reference to such categories.
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Should the infraspecific epithet agree in gender with the genus name?

Let's take the following plant name Gymnocalycium mihanovichii So we were to designate the yellow form of the plant, would it be Gymnocalycium mihanovichii f. aurea because forma is ...
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Example Clade Names in PhyloCode

After looking through the PhyloCode, the only thing I found that looked like an example was in Article 9, Chapter 4: A node-based definition may be abbreviated "<A&B" or "<A&B&C&...
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need to identify species of this Leaf-footed bug?

I found this bug in Pune/India. I checked many species of leaf-footed bugs, but none of them is matching this one. It was about 3cm long. It was not showing any movement.
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How would extraterrestrial organisms be categorized?

Suppose we find bacteria on Mars, we sequence its genome, and find it is genetically similar to $E. Coli$. Would we categorize it in the $Escherichia$ genus? Or would we put it into a seperate system ...
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Book for molecular biology comparative to major taxonomic groups

Want recommendation of books on molecular biology (or molecular cell biology), that elaborately compares the structures and phenomena in the major taxonomic groups. For say, whenever studying about ...
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Why are some bird species placed as family Incertae sedis while some families are simply monotypic?

The Bananaquit and Western Spindalis are passerines of Incerta sedis. But species such as the Osprey, Limpkin and Olive Warbler belong to their own, monotypic, family. Why aren't Bananaquit and ...
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Is there a resource for comparing categories of life along quantifiable dimensions such as species diversity, geographic range, total mass, etc?

Ideally what I would like is some sort of interactive, sliceable tabular data along the lines of my examples below. The curious individual specifies the level of taxonomic rank, e.g. Kingdom or Class ...
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Why is Hydra classified under Hydrozoa when it has neither a planula larva, nor a medusoid form?

If the general basis of classification of cnidarians is with respect to the body form - medusoid or polypoid, or in the incidence of metagenesis (as is common in hydrozoa), both, then, on what basis ...
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What is the percentage of true bugs compared to all animal species on the plant?

Also, what is the percentage of True Bugs compared to the insect population? I’m writing a children’s book on bugs and I’m comparing the true bug to the insect. All population info seems to combine ...
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What is the scientific name of Japan's (other) national flower, the chrysanthemum?

In my notes, I had Japan's royal chrysanthemum listed as Chrysanthemum japanense, but I just discovered that name has either been retired or it was never valid to begin with. (Or did I just misspell ...
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Protostomia classification and characteristics

While working through a practice test for my final exam in an introductory organism biology course, I came across this question: Protostome characteristics include which of the following? a) a ...
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Machine-readable APG III trees?

Does anyone know where I can find a machine-readable version of the phylogenetic trees from APG III? I'm looking for something that contains the full tree structure, including unnamed branches. (i.e....
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Where should one start if they want to go about identifying phytoplankton and dinoflagellates?

I'm a first year university student and I really need help on how to identify and recognize the different organisms observed in my water samples. Are there any good references/tips on how to?
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What are the main principles of the Bacteriological Code?

Although the Bacteriological Code is an important guideline for taxonomists and microbiologists, describing the criteria for delineating species and higher taxa of the prokaryotes, I, and plenty of ...
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Endemic plant families on islands?

Endemism on islands is quite a common phenomenon, at least at the level of species or genera. Old continental fragments like Madagascar or New Caledonia may even harbour endemic families which went ...
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Database for Macroinvertebrate Taxonomy

I compiled different data sets of invertebrate occurrences across some countries and now I want to ensure that all the taxonomic information is homogenized and correct. To this end, I am looking for a ...
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What type of beetle is this? (Black, with long “mouth”)

I need to identify this beetle specimen. It is found in Malaysia