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Dolphin Classification project

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Emma Li

on 7 December 2012

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Transcript of Dolphin Classification project

Bottlenose Dolphin Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mamalia Order: Cetacea Family: Delphinidae Genus: Tursiops Species: Truncatus Animalia means a taxonomic kingdom compromising all living or extinct animals.Members of Animalia are all multicellular. The animals reproduce and grow and develop. Kingdom Animalia has over 2million species. The Phylum Chordata includes humans and animals with vertebrates (skeleton and backbone). However not all chordates are vertebrates. Class mammalia are animals that are mammals. Mammals are all warm blooded. Mammals all have hair covering for their skin, including humans. All mammals can get nourished through there mothers' breast milk. Class mammalia has about 5000 species. The animals of delphinidae are among one of the most reconizable species of marine life (probably of its size), and include species such as bottle nose dolphin, and the killer whale. The delphinidae are generally fast and have cone shaped teeth. Genus is a category below a family and above species and generally consisting of a group of species exhibiting similar characteristics. Bottlenose dolphins' Genus is Tursiops genus of delphinidae. The bottle nose dolphin is one of the most well-known species of dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins live in temperate and tropical waters worldwide. It has a large body that helps to conserve heat and defend itself against predators.
Bottlenose dolphins are big eaters and eat a wide variety of fish, squids, shrimp, and crustaceans. A bottlenose dolphin's eating beahaviour is flexible. Order cetacea breathe through blowholes located usually at the top of the skull. There are 86 species of Cetaceans. By Emma More facts about Bottlenose dolphins! -Bottlenose dolphins are typically in groups of 10-30 members.
-Dolphins often work as a team to harvest fish schools.
-They use sound for communication such as squeaks and whistles emitted from the blowhole.
-Dolphins leap as high as 20 meters (6 feet) in the air.
-Bottlenose dolphins are usually between 2-3.9 meters tall.
-Their average weight is about 150-200 kg.
-Their average life span is 25 years. Their maximum age can be 40-50 years.
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