Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Sphenisciformes — the penguins.

Etymologies

Spheniscus +‎ -idae (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Penguins are contained within the taxonomic order Sphenisciformes and its single family Spheniscidae.

    Penguins

  • The Galápagos penguin (scientific name Spheniscus mendiculus) is one of seventeen species of flightless birds in the family Spheniscidae (the penguins).

    Galapagos penguin

  • Also known as the 'African Penguin' or 'Cape Penguin', and 'Jackass Penguin', the Black-footed penguin (scientific name: Spheniscus demersus) is one of seventeen species of flightless birds in the family of penguins (Spheniscidae).

    Black-footed penguin

  • The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is one of seventeen species of flightless birds in the family Spheniscidae (or 'modern penguins').

    Magellanic penguin

  • The genus Spheniscus (scientific name: Spheniscus - "little wedge", alluding to the shape of the flippers) consists of four species of so-called 'banded penguins' within the Spheniscidae:

    Banded penguins

  • Penguins fall under the following taxonomic classification: Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Class: Aves; Order: Sphenisciformes; Family: Spheniscidae; Genus: There are six genera, including Aptenodytes (the great penguins), Pygoscelis (the brush-tailed penguins), Eudyptes (the crested penguins), Spheniscus (the banded or jackass penguins), Megadyptes (the Yellow-eyed penguin is the only one in this genus), and Eudyptula (the Little Blue penguin is the only one in this genus).

    The Great Penguin Rescue

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