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Originally Posted by TalkALittle View Post


Actually, "rodent" (Rodentia) is the order, the family name is Muridae, and the genus is Rattus (rat). There are 64 species in the genus, one of which is the widespread Black Rat, or Rattus rattus, whose name literally translates from Latin to "rat rat".

These 64 species are true (taxonomical) rats. There are some rodents that are not taxonomically classified as Rattus (some not even Muridae) but include "rat" in their common name though.

 

And the scientific name of our chickens is Gallus gallus Which if my high school Latin teacher is to be believed means French french.

 

In a scientific sense there is no subspecies of chickens because all off types of Gallus gallus all of their off spring are fertile and are not hybrids.  The same is not true of all the 64 species of Rattus rattus.  

 

 

 

Kingdom: Animalia 
Phylum: Chordata 
Class: Aves 
Order: Galliformes 
Family: Phasianidae 
Genus: Gallus 
Species: Gallus gallus 
Subspecies: Gallus gallus domesticus 
 

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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post #12 of 13

whatever name you want to call them  -  they may bring disease to your flock  through their droppings and sharing the chicken feed.  

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post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto View Post

There is no such animal as a rat.  However there is a whole family of animals who are members of the rodent family and which we all call rats.

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And the scientific name of our chickens is Gallus gallus Which if my high school Latin teacher is to be believed means French french.

In a scientific sense there is no subspecies of chickens because all off types of Gallus gallus all of their off spring are fertile and are not hybrids.  The same is not true of all the 64 species of Rattus rattus.  



Kingdom: Animalia 
Phylum: Chordata 
Class: Aves 
Order: Galliformes 
Family: Phasianidae 
Genus: Gallus 
Species: Gallus gallus 
Subspecies: Gallus gallus domesticus 

 

My post was in response to what I perceive was a misuse of the taxonomic ranks.
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