Orders of Animals (within Classes)
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Each class is split up into orders; there are thousands of orders in the animal kingdom, the ones described below are the largest and most common to us.
Primate Order: Includes old and new world monkeys.
Didelphimorhphia Order: Includes opossums. Like other marsupials, the females have a pouch to carry their young.
Insectivora Order: Called "insectivores." Small insect-eating mammals with small eyes and ears. These animals do eat prey other than insects. Includes: Shrews and Moles.
Chiroptera Order: Includes bats. These are the only mammals that actually fly.
Lagomorpha Order: These animals have very large front teeth. Strict vegetarians. Includes Rabbits and Hares.
Rodentia Order: Called "rodents." Makes up more than half of the world's mammal species. Mostly small in size. These mammals are usually nocturnal. Includes: Mice, Rats, Voles, Muskrats, Squirrels, Woodchucks, and Beaver.
Carnivora Order: Called "carnivores." Large predators, most of which eat a variety of plant material as well. Includes: Raccoons, Foxes, Bears, Coyotes, Weasels, Skunks, Dogs, and Cats.
Artiodactyla Order: Called "even-toed hoofed animals." Large, vegetarian animals. Includes Deer.
Anseriformes Order: Includes Ducks, Geese, and Swans.
Apodiformes Order: Includes Hummingbirds and Swifts.
Charadriformes Order: Includes Sandpipers and Gulls.
Ciconiiformes Order: Includes Herons.
Columbriformes Order: Includes Doves and Pigeons.
Coraciiformes Order: Includes Kingfishers.
Falconiformes Order: Includes Hawks, Eagles, and Vultures.
Galliformes Order: Includes Turkey and Quail.
Piciformes Order: Includes Woodpeckers.
Stringiformes Order: Includes Owls.
Passeriformes Order: Called "perching birds." Includes: Swallows, Wrens, Mockingbirds, Robins, Warblers, Flycatchers, Finches, Starlings, Crows, and Jays.
Caudata Order: Includes Salamanders and Newts. Mostly nocturnal and carnivorous (predators).
Salientia Order: Includes Frogs and Toads. Most species return to water to breed.
Testudines Order: Includes Turltes. These animals have a hard "shell" which is actually their ribs. All turtles bury their eggs.
Squamata Order: Includes Lizards and Snakes. Most lizards have legs, while snakes do not. Most lizards and snakes lay eggs, though some bear live young.
Crocodilia Order: Includes Crocodiles and Alligators.
Anguilliformes Order: Includes Freshwater Eels.
Salmoniformes Order: Includes Trout and Pike.
Cypriniformes Order: Includes Carp, Minnows, and Suckers.
Siluriformes Order: Includes Catfish.
Perciformes Order: Ray-finned fishes (most fish species in the world). Includes: Bass, Perch, Sunfish, and Darters.
The insects are generally sub-divided into 29 orders. These are listed below with links to pages describing general characteristics, recognition features and examples of each order.
Excluding one or two very small groups of shrimps, the crustaceans are split into 9 main orders, as listed below. They nearly all live in water and range from minute planktonic shrimp-like creatures, such as water fleas, to the large, more familiar, crabs and lobsters. Some members of the Isopoda are the only forms that have really invaded the land and most of these are largely confined to damp places. These are also listed with links to pages describing them.
The arachnids are usually split into 8 main orders, as listed below. Follow the available links to see examples of some of these groups.