Animalia

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Animalia
Aye-aye, photo by Tom Junek.
Aye-aye, photo by Tom Junek.
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Linnaeus, 1758
Phyla

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Animalia also called Metazoa is the taxonomic kingdom which includes all animals. All animals are multi-cellular, with the cells enclosed in membranes and organized in a complex manner; almost all can move on their own, and all rely on eating other organisms in order to sustain their lives. Humans are include in the animalia kingdom biologically (we are mammals, we belong to the phylum (the next division) chordata) but in everyday speech humans are not generally spoken of as animals.