Department Of Animal Science

Scientific Names of Domestic Animals

With a few exceptions, which are noted below, all breeds will be the same species. For example all domestic chickens will be Gallus domesticus regardless of breed.

Animal Scientific Name
Poultry  
Duck - Domestic Anas platyrhyncha
Duck - Muscovy Cairina moschata
Guinea Numida meleagris
Peafowl Phasianidae
  Indian Blue Pavo cristatus
  Java Green Pavo muticus
  Congo Afropavo congensis
Pigeon Columbia livia
Jungle Hen Gallus gallus
Domestic Chicken Gallus domesticus
Turkeys Melleagris gallopavo
Japanese Quail Coturnix coturnix japonica
 
Equine
  Horse Equus caballus
  Ass or Donkey Equus asinus
 
Cattle
  European Breeds Bos taurus
  Tropical Breeds Bos indicus
  There are a number of cattle breeds which exist that are hybrids of Bos taurus and Bos indicus. Examples of them would include the Sanga type cattle from Africa which developed naturally hundreds of years ago and the synthetic breeds developed in the 1900's by crossing.
     
Other Domestic Livestock
  Domestic Sheep Ovis aries
  Domestic Goat Capra hircus
  Domestic Swine Sus scrofa
  Domestic Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
     
Other Species
  Domestic buffalo Bubalus bubalis
  American Bison Bison bison
  Musk ox Ovibos moschatus
  Reindeer Rangifer tarandus
 

Honey bee

Apis mellifera

 

Dog

Canis familiaris

 

Cat

Felis catus

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