Cats are classified as chordate animals of the class Mammalia. They belong to the mammalian order Carnivora, along with dogs, hyenas, bears, weasels, civets and seals.
Cats have been labeled "Felis domesticus" and "Felis catus domesticus," but both classifications place them firmly in the Felidae family. This places them alongside the big cats, even though they are much smaller and less fierce. Linnaeus, the first man to classify species formally, named them "Felis catus." Some scientists consider them a subspecies of Felis catus and apply the subspecies label "domesticus" to the domestic cat. Some suspect that the European forest cat, Felis sylvestris, may simply be a wild form.Learn More
Mollusks are classified as herbivores, omnivores and carnivores, and their diets depend largely on the species and availability of food in a particular location. Some mollusks consume only algae and ocean plant matter, while others may eat shellfish and even small fish.Full Answer >
Plants and animals are classified based upon their prevailing characteristics and traits. Biological organisms with similar characteristics are placed in the same group. The order of classification goes from the kingdom of the biological life form down to the genus and species of the organism. The five kingdoms are animals, plants, protists, fungi and moneran.Full Answer >
Archaebacteria are scientifically classified within the domain Archaea. The term "archaebacteria" came into use in the late 1970s to describe a newly recognized third domain of life consisting of certain single-celled microorganisms. Since these organisms are wholly different from bacteria, scientists later renamed this domain Archaea.Full Answer >
Tigers are the largest big cats, and Siberian, or Amur, tigers are the largest tigers. Male Siberians grow to be almost 11 feet long and weigh about 660 pounds. After making a kill, a hungry tiger eats up to 60 pounds.Full Answer >