Taxonomy Mnemonic- Acronym For Taxonomy (Pneumonic Device)
Taxonomy mnemonic will help you if you want to remember the taxonomic ranks of biological organisms. Students,professors,scientists and others who want to memorize the taxonomic ranks will greatly benefit from this article, which intends to provide simple learn-able mnemonics.
Taxonomy Mnemonic: Mnemonic Device 1
Below is a table with 2 column. The first column contains the names of the taxonomic ranks and the second column contains mnemonics or words which sound very close the word in the first column. For example- Dough Mine sounds like Domain.
Now that we have mnemonics for each word, to remember and memorize better, we will make an illogical association of the mnemonics so that they register permanently in our mind.
For taxonomy, you can have a mnemonic like-Ticks on me.Before you read the ridiculous and illogical story below, go through the taxonomic ranks and the mnemonics 10 times, so that you get familiar with those.
In your mind’s eye, imagine big slimy ticks all over your body (Taxonomy) and you get so disgusted that you run to a mine which is full of dough (Domain) and that dough mine is owned by a dumb king (Kingdom) and the dumb king exchanges that mine with 5 lambs (Phylum) and these lambs have large claws (class) and these claws give out a stinking odor (Order) which no one can stand and because of this odor, Lee who is in the farm (Family) colapses to the ground and then suddenly from nowhere, genies (Genus) come to rescue him and then genies pee in the sea (Species).
I know the story doesn’t make any sense. That is the way it has to be! And don’t worry about the mnemonic words, your normal memory will trigger the word that you want.That is the beauty of your mind!
And don’t forget to improvise the story- add exaggeration, emotion, feeling and make the story sexual!!!
Taxonomy Mnemonic: Mnemonic Device 2
This mnemonic device will take the initial letters of taxonomic ranks and create an easy to remember phrase or a statement. The initial letters gives us the acronym ‘DKPCOFGS‘.
Mnemonic 1: Drunkard Kevin’s Pet Cow Only Finds Grass Shoots
Mnemonic 2: Dentist’s Kittens Pull Cat’s One Fretted Guitar Strings
Mnemonic 3: Doctor Kevin Plays Country Only Fantastic Gospel Songs
Mnemonic 4: Dolphins Kangaroos Put Cute Funny Gaudy Shirts
A great brain exercise is to try your hand at creating taxonomy mnemonic and you might be surprised at what your mind is capable of! So give it a try and I’d love to see your creation in comments!
Memorize…the easy way…the crazy way!!!