Dichotomous Key/Carnivora

Dichotomous Key
Carnivora
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Mammalia
Subclass Placentalia
Order Carnivora
Parent key: Mammalia
Subclasses
Marsupialia - Monotremata - Placentalia
Key: Carnivora
Suborders
Caniformia - Feliformia

1

2: Pinnipedia

  • Tusks
    • Present - Odobenidae
    • Not present - #4

3: Fissipedia

4

  • External ears
    • Present - Otariidae, Sea lion
    • Not present - Phocidae, Seal

5: Caniformia

  • Presence of scent glands used defensively
    • Present - Mephitidae
    • Not present - #7

6: Feliformia

  • Anal scent glands
    • Present - Hyaenidae
    • Not present - #8

7

Could be Mustelidae, Ursidae, Procyonidae, or Canidae.

8

Could be Felidae, Herpestidae, Viverridae, or Nandiniidae.

Last modified on 7 September 2009, at 00:19