Saturday, November 28, 2015

Furry Taxonomy

A "furry taxonomy" for reference.

This could be a handy starting point for surveys. Basically, collapsing the tree of life into anthropomorphic chunks that I've seen identified as "different things" by furries.
  • Arthropods (insects, spiders, shrimp, etc)
  • Cephalopods (octopi, etc)
  • Piscines (fishes, etc)
  • Amphibians (newts, etc)
  • Reptiles (maybe split off dragons here)
  • Avians (birds)
And that gets to where things start getting tricky, the mammals:
  • Monotremes (spiny anteater, platypus)
  • Macropods (your basic kangaroo)
  • Other Australasian marsupials (there's quite a lot of variety here, but I'm trying to be minimal)
  • Opossums (new world possums)
  • Other new world marsupials (Yapok, etc)
  • Lagomorphs (rabbits, etc)
  • Rodents (maybe include shrews and hedgehogs here, though it's taxonomically iffy)
  • Bats
  • Primates (maybe split off lemurs, they seem more popular than other primates)
  • Elephants, rhinos, hippos (this is iffy too, but people lump them together, so do eet)
  • Manatees
  • Whales and dolphins (which are definitely not manatees)
  • Pangolins, sloths, armadillos, giant anteaters, stuff like that. (Pangolins don't technically go here but they look like they should, so whatevers.)
  • Cervines (deer, antelopes)
  • Sheep and goats (again, we're being slack because furry logic)
  • Equines (horses and zebras)
  • Miscellaneous artiodactyls (camels, stuff like that)
And finally, we're ready to take on the carnivores. Take a deep breath. There's two main divisions, feliformia (cat-like) and caniformia (dog-like). We'll do feliformia first.
  • Domestic cats
  • Small wild cats (the ones that go meow)
  • Big cats (the ones that go roar - lions and tigers but no bears)
  • Civets (actually a couple of groups go in here)
  • Linsangs, genets, and other cat-like viverrids
  • Hyena and aardwolf
  • Fossa (Really, all by their lonesome, the other Madagascar carnivores look like covets and mongooses so we'll leave them in with those groups)
  • Mongooses (actually about three groups of viverrids)
  • Meerkats (actually a kind of mongoose)
  • Other viverrids like the binturong.
And now we get the canoid carnivores. This group is full of surprises.
  • Bears (including giant panda, for the moment, but you might split that off)
  • Red Panda (all by its lonesome, or you can mix it in with the raccoons and kin)
  • Obvious procyonids (raccoons, ringtail cats, Coati)
  • Non-obvious procyonids (Kinkajou, Olingo)
  • Seals (seals, sea-lions, etc... yes, really)
  • Skunks
  • Badgers
  • Weasels (and kin, but probably not otters. This includes ferrets and weasels and stoats and martens and wolverines...)
  • Otters (because water weasels seem to have their own fanclub)
  • Domestic dogs
  • Wolves (and coyotes and golden jackals and a few other basically wolves of different sizes)
  • True jackals
  • Red foxes and grey foxes (though they're not actually related, they get lumped together)
  • Fennecs (because cute)
  • Tanuki (Raccoon-dog, the ones from Pompoko)
  • Cape hunting dogs and dholes (and I think that actually does it for true canines)
  • South American foxes, including the maned wolf
  • Other miscellaneous foxes

Anything I missed?

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