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Diversity Dish

A epicurian delight encompassing many classifications of phylum.
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I was inspired by phundug's idea of Horscowgoadocabirwormspifly, but a variation of it. I was wondering if you could create a dish that encompassed all of the taxonomical Kingdoms of animals. I was thinking the casual definitions (mammal, reptile, amphibian, etc.) A quick trip to Wikipedia shows that below Organism (implied) there are categories of Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. I looked at the Domain, but found it too broad. Kingdom grew interesting with various versions over the years of 3 to 5 domains. This looked possible, to have a dish with Plant, Animal, Fungi and Bacteria, but without a further dig into the various types of Bacteria Kingdoms (are slime molds edible?), I figured that just Animal Kingdom would do.

So in the Kingdom Animalia are the various Phylems... Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria Placozoa Bilateria Acoelomorpha Orthonectida Rhombozoa ?Myxozoa Superphylum Deuterostomia Chordata (vertebrates, etc.) Hemichordata (acorn worms) Echinodermata ?Chaetognatha (arrow worms) Superphylum Ecdysozoa Kinorhyncha Loricifera Priapulida Nematoda (roundworms) Nematomorpha (horsehair worms) Onychophora (velvet worms) Tardigrada (water bears) Arthropoda (insects, etc.) Superphylum Platyzoa Platyhelminthes (flatworms) Gastrotricha Rotifera (rotifers) Acanthocephala Gnathostomulida (jaw worms) Micrognathozoa ?Cycliophora Superphylum Lophotrochozoa Sipuncula (peanut worms) Nemertea (ribbon worms) Phoronida Ectoprocta (moss animals) Entoprocta Brachiopoda Mollusca (mollusks) Annelida (segmented worms)

All in all, it got a little heavy, so I threw away the scientific definitions, and came up with my own dish of taxonomical diversity...

Chive (Plants) & Cream Cheese (Bacteria) mixed with Ants (Arthopod/Insect) wrapped in Jellyfish (Cnidaria) with Snails (Mollusk/Gastropoda) and Scallops (Mollusk/Bivalvia) stuffed in a Tarantula (Arthopod/Arachnea) wrapped in a Starfish (Echinoderm) with chopped Tuna (Fish) stuffed in a Lobster (Arthopod/Crustacean) stuffed in a Chicken (Chordata/Vertebrata/.../Avian) Sea Turtle (Chordata/Vertebrata/.../Amphibian) stuffed in Crocodile (Chordata/Vertebrata/.../Reptile) stuffed in a Great White Shark(Chordata /Vertebrata/.../Chondrichthyes) stuffed in Giant Squid (Mollusk/Cephalopoda) Sperm Whale (Chordata/Vertebrata/Mammal)

Yum! What would PETA think?

trekbody, May 04 2005

Wikipedia definition of Kingdom (Taxology) http://en.wikipedia...ngdom_%28biology%29
Start here if you want some reference materials. [trekbody, May 04 2005]

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       is this a sandwich?
po, May 04 2005
  

       Could be - on rye!
trekbody, May 04 2005
  

       There was a famous geologist (I think) who tried to eat his way through every phylum. though not all at once. I'll seek a reference.
Basepair, May 04 2005
  

       Oh, and slime moulds (Dictyostelium at least) are edible. Well, drinkable really. Not a gastronomic highlight.
Basepair, May 04 2005
  

       Ah. It was Rev. William Buckland, geologist/palaeontologist.
Basepair, May 04 2005
  

       Interesting info - thanks Basepair! Talk about a balanced meal! I forgot to throw some mushrooms (fungi) in for good measure.
trekbody, May 05 2005
  

       You could just cook the whole lot in beer - yeast.
Basepair, May 05 2005
  
      
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