Definitions for: Vertebrata


[n] fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals



Webster (1913) Definition: Ver`te*bra"ta, n. pl. [NL.] (Zo["o]l.)
One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, comprising
all animals that have a backbone composed of bony or
cartilaginous vertebr[ae], together with Amphioxus in which
the backbone is represented by a simple undivided notochord.
The Vertebrata always have a dorsal, or neural, cavity above
the notochord or backbone, and a ventral, or visceral, cavity
below it. The subdivisions or classes of Vertebrata are
Mammalia, Aves, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces, Marsipobranchia,
and Leptocardia.

Synonyms: Craniata, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata

See Also: Agnatha, Amniota, Amphibia, amphibian family, amphibian genus, Aves, bird family, bird genus, Chondrichthyes, Chordata, class Amphibia, class Aves, class Chondrichthyes, class Mammalia, class Osteichthyes, class Placodermi, class Reptilia, craniate, fish family, fish genus, Gnathostomata, mammal family, mammal genus, Mammalia, Osteichthyes, phylum, phylum Chordata, Pisces, Placodermi, reptile family, reptile genus, Reptilia, superclass Agnatha, superclass Gnathostomata, vertebrate

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