This sea creature that measures between 0.9 to 12 inches in length has a bone structure composed of tiny plates covered by a thin, almost translucent skin, instead of scales like other fish. There are 32 seahorse species globally, and most prefer temperate to tropical waters and coral reef habitats.
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Planet Earth has a very extensive biodiversity, traditionally classified into taxonomic ranks. The species of this group are characterized by feeding on plants or other animals and using their sensory organs to interact with what's around them.
‘Animals’, in turn, are classified into multiple lower categories and ranks. Roughly, we can make the distinction by grouping vertebrate and invertebrate animals.
Keep reading this Animalized article to discover the characteristics of both groups, and the animals that belong to each one. This domain is split into a further five or six ‘kingdoms’: Animalia, Fungi, Plantar, Protista and Monera (which can be spit into Eubacteria and Archaebacteria).
Its function is to protect and sustain the spinal cord and connect it to the nervous system. These animals are distinguished by their bilateral symmetry, and the fact that they have a skull to protect their brain.
The bodies of vertebrate animals are divided into head, trunk and limbs, while some species also have a tail. There are approximately 62,000 animal species that belong to this group, so we have a wide range to choose examples on our list.
Some fish and marine animals, for example, have mainly cartilage to support their frame. Instead, they have a notochord, similar to vertebrae in that it runs the length of their body, but which much more flexible and supple.
Examples include turtles which have the bones inside their body, but also have a hard shell which is used for protection. In fact, it is believed that the carapace (the turtle's shell) is derived purely form endoskeletal ribs .
The vertebrae are very important in housing the central nervous system of vertebrates. This system sends signals up and down the vertebrae to relay messages about movement, pain or any physical response the body might need.
If the vertebrae is damaged, then these signals may not be able to transmit, resulting in incapacitation. Grouping any animal, whether vertebrate or invertebrate, requires a very complicated taxonomic organization.
We don't mean this as a slight against their character, but invertebrates are often seen as being not a sophisticated as vertebrate animals. A common example of an invertebrate with an exoskeleton is a cockroach which is infamous to humans for being resilient.
However, these too are very broad groups and there are many types of worms with various body structures. Our list of vertebrate animals can be categorized into 5 main groups : Mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
We can't give you a full vertebrate animals list as we don't have the space. Fossil records show examples of extinct vertebrate animals, while new discoveries are being made regularly.
For example, dinosaurs are extinct vertebrates, but they are related to extant reptile species. Instead, we can give a list of the different invertebrate animal groups with examples for each one.
Arthropods : Animals with a segmented body, appendages and an exoskeleton, including arachnids like scorpions and spiders, crustaceans like crabs, lobsters and shrimp, and insects like ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, crickets, dragonflies, flies, grasshoppers, mosquitoes, moths, praying mantises and stick insects. Cnidarian : Aquatic animals made up of a fluid substance, including corals, jellyfish and sea anemones.
Mollusks : Terrestrial and aquatic, include bivalves like mussels and oysters, cephalopods such as cuttlefish, squids and octopus and gastropods like slugs and snails.