Taxoboxes are tables showing the common
scientific classification of an
organism or group of organisms.
Refer to the figure on the right, which shows the taxobox from the article
Colorado potato beetle.
- Common Name
The common English name for it, if any, or else the scientific name.
- Conservation Status
For many things, this line how likely it is that species will not go
extinct. The Colorado potato beetle is "Secure": there is no threat extinction.
A picture of a typical individual.
- Scientific Classification
The center section of the taxobox shows the currently accepted
scientific classification of the organism or group of organisms
- "Ranks" of the Taxa
On the left are the "ranks" of the taxa that are named on the right. The one on top is the most general grouping (Animal, Plant, Bacteria, or virus for example) and each line below it defines the species more precisely.
- Binomial Name
binomial name or "binomen" is the scientific name for a
species. This name is used so that no two organisms have the same name. Binomial names are commonly written in
- Naming Authority
The person who first named the organism and the year it was done.
- Species Abbreviated Form
The species appears again in abbreviated or shortened form.
The genus Leptinotarsa contains more than 30 kinds of beetle.
Chrysomelidae is the family of leaf
beetles. This family contains more than 35,000 kinds of plant-eating beetles.
Coleoptera is the order of beetles, containing more than 350,000 described species. Beetles have a pair of hard shells which cover their true wings.
Insecta is the class of
insects, containing more than 800,000 described species. Insects have three segments (a head, a
thorax, and an
abdomen) and six legs.
Arthropoda is the phylum of
arthropods, which have a segmented body, jointed legs and a hard
Animalia is the kingdom of
animals, which are multicellular, generally capable of locomotion and responsive to their environment.