Question Video: Identifying the Group That Is Not Part of Whittaker’s 5 Kingdoms Biology

Which of the following is not one of Whittaker’s 5 kingdoms? [A] Monera [B] Fungi [C] Plantae [D] Animalia [E] Chordata


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Which of the following is not one of Whittaker’s five kingdoms? (A) Monera, (B) Fungi, (C) Plantae, (D) Animalia, (E) Chordata.

This question asks about what is included in Whittaker’s five-kingdom classification model. In 1975, American biologist Whittaker developed a model for classifying life. This classification consisted of the kingdoms Monera, consisting of all prokaryotic life; Protista, consisting of eukaryotic unicellular life and simple cellular colonies; Fungi; Plantae; and Animalia.

Now, let’s take a look at the answers. We know that Monera, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia are each one of Whittaker’s five kingdoms. Chordates are animals with special characteristics. The organisms that fall within the Chordata classification would therefore be categorized within Whittaker’s Animalia kingdom. Therefore, the option that does not indicate one of Whittaker’s five kingdoms is given by answer choice (E) Chordata.

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