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Chipmunk: Species identification

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Chipmunk: Species identification

Postby nbenvenuto » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:10 pm

Hi, i looked every where for the characterics of why the Hopi Chipmunk are in these taxons:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Rodentia

Family: Sciuridae

Genus: Tamias

Species: T. rufus
...can you guys help me out on this please!
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Postby MichaelXY » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:50 am

Look up what the puts an organism in the family Sciuridae, then do the same for genus and species. You will notice differences as you descend. Record notes, and off you go.
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Postby nbenvenuto » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:06 am

i got it
-Animalia: Muticelluar heterotrophs that use oxygen and can reproduce sexually.
-Chordata: Notochords and nerve chords
-Mammalia: middle ear bones, hair, mammary glands
-Rodentia: specialized teeth
-Sciuridae: skull structure
-Tamias: pouched cheeks
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Postby MichaelXY » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:37 am

There may be a little more involved.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciuridae
But I think you have the right idea now :)
What Genus would you put Alvin (The chipmunk) in? lol
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