Animalia (Animals)

The various recognised taxonomic groups have changed radically since Carl Linnaeus enumerated them in 1758 (Systema Naturae, tenth edition). With the creation of seemingly ever more trivial taxonomic ranks (e.g. McKenna & Bell, 1997) and the surgence of cladistics in the late 20th century, higher taxonomy has become both über dynamic and über complex. The situation is increasingly being recognised as artificial, since Linnaeus' taxonomic system is essentially predicated upon false bifurcations. While speciation (the evolution of new species) certainly entails genetic divergence, at the biological level it is far more subtle than incorrigible divisions. Populations often freely hybridise and introgress long after they have "diverged". In reality life is like a long, winding, labrinthyne river. It's salinity level may differ here and there, but such changes are just as natural as the clear continuity of one droplet with the next as they move together through genetic space and time. The odd one being liquidated through evaporation (i.e. extinction).


NB: Most of the database entries are still housed at the old website, available here.


Phylum: Acanthocephala (Spiny-headed Worms)

Phylum: Amoebozoa

Phylum: Annelida (Earthworms, Leeches etc.)

Phylum: Apicomplexa

Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropod Invertebrates)

Subphylum: Chelicerata (Spiders, Sea Spiders, Scorpions, Mites, Ticks etc.)

Subphylum: Crustacea (Crustaceans)

Subphylum: Hexapoda (Insects and their relatives)

Class: [Entognatha (Springtails, Diplurans and Proturans)]1

Class: Insecta

Order: Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Order: Coleoptera (Beetles)
Order: Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Order: [Embioptera]1
Order: Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)
Order: Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Order: Hymenoptera (Social Insects: Ants, Bees and Wasps)
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Order: Mantodea
Order: Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Order: Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Locusts, Crickets, Wetas and Katydids)
Order: Phasmatodea
Order: Phthiraptera (Louse)
Order: Plecoptera (Stoneflies)
Order: Psocodea (Lice)
Order: Siphonaptera (Fleas)
Order: [Thysanoptera (Thrips)]1
Order: Trichoptera (Caddisflies)

Subphylum: Myriapoda (Centipedes, Millipedes, Pauropoda & Symphyla)

Phylum: Chordata (Chordates)

Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned Fish)

Subclass: Chondrostei (Cartilaginous Fish)

Subclass: [Cladistia (Bichirs and Reedfish)]1

Subclass: Neopterygii (New-Finned Fish)

Class: Amphibia (Frogs, Toads, Salamanders etc.)

Order: Anura (Frogs and Toads)

Order: Gymnophiona (Caecilians)

Order: Urodela (Salamanders, Newts, Axolotls etc.)

Class: Aves (Birds)

Class: Chondrichthyes (Sharks, Rays etc.)

Class: Hyperoartia/Petromyzontida (Lampreys)

Class: Mammalia (Mammals)

Infraclass: Australosphenida (includes Monotremes: Echidnas and Platypuses)

Infraclass: Eutheria (Placental Mammals)

Superorder: Afrotheria

Order: Afrosoricida/Tenrecoidea (Golden Moles and Tenrecs)

Order: Macroscelidea (Elephant Shrews)

Order: Proboscidea (Elephants, Mammoths and Mastodons)

Order: Sirenia

Superorder: Boreoeutheria

Order: Carnivora

Order: Cetartiodactyla (Even-toed Ungulates)

Order: Chiroptera (Bats)

Order: Eulipotyphla (Moles, Shrews, Solenodons)

Order: Lagomorpha (Rabbits, Hares, Pikas)

Order: †Litopterna (Macraucheniids)

Order: Perissodactyla (Odd-toed Ungulates)

Order: Pholidota (Pangolins)

Order: Primates (Apes, Monkeys, Lemurs, Lorises, Tarsiers, Aye-aye)

Order: Rodentia (Rodents)

Superorder: Xenarthra

Order: Cingulata (Armadillos)

Order: Pilosa (Anteaters and Sloths)

Infraclass: Metatheria (Marsupials)

Superorder: Ameridelphia

Order: Didelphimorphia (Opossums)

Order: [Paucituberculata]1

Superorder: Australidelphia

Order: Dasyuromorphia (Tasmanian Devil, Thylacine, Quolls, Dunnarts, Numbat etc.)

Order: Diprotodontia

Order: [Microbiotheria]1

Order: [Notoryctemorphia (Marsupial Moles)]1

Order: Peramelemorphia (Bandicoots, Bilbies and Pig-footed Bandicoots)

Class: [Myxini (Hagfishes)]

Class: Reptilia (Snakes, Lizards, Tortoises etc.)

Order: Crocodilia/Crocodylia

Order: Rhynchocephalia (Tuataras and their extinct relatives)

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Amphisbaenia
Suborder: Ophidia (Serpentes)
Suborder: Sauria (Lacertilia)

Order: Testudines

Class: [Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish)]1

Phylum: Ciliophora (Ciliates)

Phylum: Cnidaria (Jellyfish, Coral, Sea Anemones etc.)

Phylum: [Ctenophora (Comb Jellies)]1

Phylum: Echinodermata (Echinoderms: Starfish, Sea Cucumbers etc.)

Phylum: Hemichordata (Acorn Worms etc.)

Phylum: Mollusca (Snails, Bivalves, Chitons etc.)

Class: Bivalvia (Mussels, Clams, Oysters etc.)

Class: Gastropoda (Land Snails, Sea Snails etc.)

Class: Scaphopoda (Tusk Shells)

Phylum: Nematoda (Nematodes)

Phylum: Nemertea (Ribbon Worms)

Phylum: Onychophora (Velvet Worms)

Phylum: Platyhelminthes (Flat Worms)

Phylum: Porifera (Sea Sponges)

Phylum: Tardigrada (Water Bears or Moss Piglets)



1 Taxonomic ranks encompassed by square brackets (i.e. "[]") have no relevant subordinate taxa. That is, none of the species or subspecies included therein both a) survived at least until the Late Pleistocene and b) are missing, extinct or rediscovered.