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Major Taxonomic Ranks

Try to name the 8 major taxonomic ranks used in the hierarchy of biological classification.
The example given is the group that humans belong to
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Last updated: March 16, 2020
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First submittedMarch 22, 2012
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Example
Rank
Eukarya
Domain
Animalia
Kingdom
Chordata
Phylum
Mammalia
Class
Example
Rank
Primates
Order
Hominidae
Family
Homo
Genus
H. sapiens
Species
76 Comments
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Level 65
Jun 8, 2016
The user results actually surprised me. Domain was the first rank I thought of, while family and genus completely slipped my mind.
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Level 84
Dec 9, 2016
They didn't have Domain when I was in school. Which wasn't even that long ago.
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Level 41
Dec 1, 2019
I'm in school and they don't have Domain.
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Level 57
Dec 9, 2020
They do.
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Level 40
Jan 12, 2022
probably depends where you go to school
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Level 40
Dec 10, 2016
I'm surprised they surprised you. Most people don't delve deeper into the taxonomy than what they are taught in school, and up until maybe the last half decade most classes excluded Domain since it's a relatively new term.
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Level 89
Jul 27, 2019
Eukarya is a terrible domain name.
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Level 43
Oct 29, 2019
Well there are only 3 domains...
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Level 85
Oct 30, 2019
...and Eukarya, Procarya, etc. sound a lot more sciencey than Larry, Moe and Curly!
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2023
Archaea, Bacteria
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Level 44
May 11, 2020
Would you prefer www.eukarya.com?
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2023
Plz no.
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Level 66
Feb 7, 2023
I'd never heard of domain either. When I was in school, it started with Kingdom, and we remembered it with a cheeky mnemonic "Kind People Can Often Find Good S*x."
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Level 29
Mar 11, 2023
That's so much more fun than ours was (that sci instructor went with the typical King Philip). But the next teachers mnemonic for the planets? "My Very Er*tic Mate Joyfully Satisfies Unusual Needs Promptly", oh my!
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Level 36
Jun 8, 2016
Good thing my biology exam was yesterday!
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2016
100%. Hurray for 8th grade biology. Although I don't remember much from the 10-12 grades because of the recreational plants that were popular in the 70's.
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2017
I finished high school last year, and I was never taught 'domain'. Only the other seven were taught
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Level 62
Mar 1, 2017
I guess that Zoology course I did when I was 11 was good for something.
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Level 63
Apr 25, 2017
King Phillip Came Over From Germany Suddenly.

WTF.

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Level 66
Dec 19, 2017
Apparently Domain is a new one. So now your mnemonic can be "Damn King Phillip Came Over From Germany Suddenly."
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Level 47
Jun 17, 2019
Haha xD

I've used "Did King Phillip Chew Only Fine Green Spinach?"

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Level 66
May 11, 2020
Seriously? I always said "Don't Kill People Cause Other Families Get Sad".
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2020
LOL at all of this!
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Level 66
Apr 13, 2022
@WolfCam Imagine this mnemonic before domains...
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Level 55
Apr 27, 2023
Domain was introduced to the classification system in 1990 ... hardly call 3 decade old classification "new."
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Level 77
May 11, 2023
And how long did it take to be accepted widely enough to be taught in primary and secondary schools?
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Level 60
Jul 1, 2019
for me it was King Phillip Came Over From Germany Smiling
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Level 41
Nov 8, 2019
Dear King Phillip Came Over for Good Sex
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Level 70
Apr 17, 2020
Dumb kids playing chess on freeways get squished
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2020
I use the one I learned from Community: "Kevin, please come over for gay sex."
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Level 56
Jan 3, 2021
Mine is "kinky people can often find great sex". I've never heard an alternative until now.
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Level 28
Oct 14, 2022
We use "do keep pants clean otherwise fungus grows suddenly"
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2023
In my sixth grade science class it was "Donkey Kong Promptly Came Over For Good Strawberries."
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2023
Did Karelia Puppet Crimea On Finland's Great Speach
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Level 40
May 4, 2017
100%... in increasing order of specificity... 11 seconds
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Level 19
Dec 27, 2018
I don't remember anyone asking
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2018
100%... in decreasing order of specificity... 10 seconds
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Level 69
Jan 4, 2019
Noone asked if anyone remembered asking.
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Level 19
Jan 9, 2019
Learn how to spell.
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Level 62
May 1, 2021
200%... in increasing order of specificity... -11 seconds
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Level 46
Sep 26, 2017
For microbiologists and geneticists we generally don't use the Linnaean system.

The phylogenetic domains of life are classified by ribosomal RNA, and while some do align with the Linnaean system, it's generally thought of as antiquated and outdated.

Just FYI.

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Level 65
Nov 25, 2017
Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Smushed... anyone?
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Level 24
Dec 1, 2018
i'm crying, lmfao, this is just too good
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Level 45
May 11, 2020
King Phillip Came For Ginger Snaps
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Level 32
Dec 5, 2017
Drunk Kings Playing Checkers On Fat Green Stools
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Level 21
Apr 5, 2018
11 seconds!!!!!!! 1:53 to spare.
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Level 19
Dec 27, 2018
Give this guy a Nobel Prize
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Level 27
Oct 17, 2018
Don't kids prefer cheese over fried green sock vomit?

Where's variety?

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Level 76
Nov 8, 2018
Ok, I'm confused. Where do clades fit in this? I thought it was one of the ranks.
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Level 79
Dec 3, 2019
No - a clade is a group of organisms of different species that (most likely) evolved from a common ancestor. A cladogram is a diagram that depicts the most probable sequence of divergence of these species from the common ancestor.
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Level 46
Oct 24, 2019
Isn't that system kinda old and not very used nowadays ? I personnally never learned any of that stuff in school and from a Darwinian perspective it doesn't make much sense to define arbitrary boxes to sort out organisms.

The only ones that make some sor of sense would be domains and species and I believe there is still controversy about dividing life into only 3 separate branches (that don't include viruses or simpler "lifeforms"). Even species is a vague terminology that can't really represent the "continuity" of reality.

My point is I wouldn't include that in a scientist badge.

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Level 79
Dec 3, 2019
Not very used nowadays? That's not quite correct.
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Level 75
Mar 15, 2020
Did it in 13 seconds, Im a biologist :)
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Level 84
May 11, 2020
I just call them 'clades' or 'taxa' in papers, then you don't have to spend time remembering what each one is. Smort.
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Level 65
May 11, 2020
Anyone else having an easy time because of Troy and Abed?
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Level 72
May 11, 2020
Dumb King Philip Came Over From Germany So
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Level 78
May 11, 2020
We were taught "Dirty, kinky people can often find good s*x
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Level 28
May 12, 2020
I'm lucky I researched into this stuff yesterday.
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Level 51
Jun 1, 2020
Haha that GCSE biology song coming in handy haha KPCOFGS (*to a funky beat*) kingdom phylum class order family genus species lol... sorry ignore me I’ve lost it
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Level 71
Aug 19, 2020
Too human-centric
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2020
I'm showing my age. I'm 46. When I was in grade school (mostly 1980s), "Domain" was not taught, because it wasn't even scientifically devised until 1990. I've heard of it before, but only fleetingly, and not committed to memory. I am looking it up right now and trying to understand it.
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2020
Didn't know Philip cursed out Flavia. Good Sir!
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2020
Didn't know Patricia cursed out Frederick. Go, Sis!
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Level 58
Dec 16, 2020
I learned "Kissing people carry over fungi, germs, spit" and I guess I have to add "dirty" or something to the beginning haha
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Level 28
Feb 18, 2021
dumb king phillip came over for great spaghetti

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Scoring

You scored 6/8 = 75%

This beats or equals 41.7% of test takers

The average score is 6

Your high score is 6

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Level 23
Mar 4, 2021
i got all 8/8 in 26 seconds and im a 9 year old
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Level 75
Feb 9, 2023
I got 17/8 in -69 seconds, and I'm still a sperm
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Level 65
Apr 2, 2021
No community fans here? "Kevin, please come over for gay sex"
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Level 43
Sep 17, 2021
Come for the quiz, stay for the biography of King Phillip
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Level 43
Sep 17, 2021
Donkey Kong: Plumber Challenge On Famicom Game System
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2023
I love mnemonics.
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2023
The two I learned if anyone's interested:

Delicious KP crisps originate from gert spuds

Do kinky penguins catch oysters for great sex?

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Level 66
Feb 9, 2023
That is probably one of the easiest quizzes on the site.
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Level 66
Mar 27, 2023
DONKEY KONG'S *** *** ** *** FREAKING *** serendipitously.
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Level 34
Sep 22, 2023
Just remember:

Dumb Kings Play Cards On Fat Girl's Stomach

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Level 69
Apr 27, 2024
Ah, yes, "Dizzy Kids Puke Cereal On Fair Ground Staff"