The scientific name for the group encompassing modern birds is Aves. Aves is the only surviving branch of the dinosaur family tree. They are a side branch of the maniraptors, a group of bipedal feathery dinosaurs that included Velociraptor.
The name Aves is the Latin word for birds. Birds are considered part of Maniraptora because all members of that group have a specialized wrist bone found in no other animals. In birds, this bone allows them to flap their wing powerfully; its use in other maniraptors is obscure, but in some species it also was likely used for flight. Although birds are dinosaurs, they are still a distinct group within the dinosaur family tree and thus retain their special scientific name, Aves.Learn More
The scientific name of the tarsier is "Tarsius." Tarsiers are mammals that can be found in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. As of 2011, there are 18 various tarsier subspecies.Full Answer >
The scientific name of the killer whale is Orcinus orca. Instantly recognized by its black and white color, adult orcas commonly reach sizes of 32 feet and 6 tons or greater.Full Answer >
The scientific name for a king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. The king cobra can reach a length of up to 18.5 feet, the longest venomous snake on Earth. One-fifth of an ounce of its venom is powerful enough to kill as many as 20 adult humans.Full Answer >
The scientific name of the sea sponge is Porifera. The sea sponge's scientific name refers to something having pores, and sea sponges have many small pores known as ostia.Full Answer >