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Mnemonics to memorise Taxonomy - Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species ?

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asked Sep 25, 2016 by nanospeck (4,240 points)

Taxonomy is the science of defining groups based on shared characteristics. Is there any good mnemonic to memorise the taxonomy in biology which has the following groups:

  • Domain 
  • Kingdom 
  • Phylum
  • Class 
  • Order
  • Family 
  • Genus 
  • Species 

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answered Sep 25, 2016 by nanospeck (4,240 points)

Taxonomy groups

Rule of 8 : On of the first things you should notice is the rule of 8 :

The word 'taxonomy' - 8 letters

Number of groups in  Taxonomy : 8 groups

So, now you will never miss one by accident from the mnemonic you are going to create, because you know you always have 8 groups as 'taxonomoy' has 8 letters.  Now let us find a mnemonic to memorise the taxonomy ranks : 

  • Domain 
  • Kingdom 
  • Phylum
  • Class 
  • Order
  • Family 
  • Genus 
  • Species 
Mnemonic :

King Ordered Physics Class Geniuses to Destroy Famous Spices

Here, a King is ordering some physics geniuses to destroy some spices to gain advantage in his kingdoms trade. That sounds crazy  and that's what we want! The advantage of this mnemonic over the usual ones available online to memorise taxonomy are that the words in mnemonics are very closely related with the words in the original list for e.g. Spices sound very similar to Species. Hence, the chances of forgetting are very less. 

 

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