Wiley, Edward O., III Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Hierarchy of Ranks
- Purposes and Applications of Modern Biological Classifications
- Development of Modern Biological Classifications
- Use of consistent names
- Changing ideas of taxa
- Biological meaning of classifications
- Classification to systematization
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Arrangements of the names of species and groups of species meant to convey how these organisms are related to one another. The purposes of biological classifications are to organize the known biodiversity, provide a framework that will incorporate newly discovered biodiversity, and provide a predictive framework for studying biodiversity. Systematics focuses on studies of biodiversity and relationships among organisms. Taxonomy is a subdiscipline of systematics that focuses on formal classifications of organisms. See also: Biodiversity; Systematics; Taxonomy
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