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
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 >
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), sharks are classified as fish. Because sharks live their lives in water and make use of gills to filter oxygen from the water to breathe and survive, they fall under the fish category.Full Answer >
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 >
The African golden cat (Profelis aurata) is a medium-sized, solidly built wild cat that inhabits the Equatorial Africa rainforests. It is usually found in two distinct colors: reddish-brown or gray. The under parts, chin and cheeks are whitish. The inner side of the limbs and stomach are marked with black spots. The head is fairly small with a large muzzle, beautiful eye coloration and rounded ears with black backsides.Full Answer >