What is the scientific name for a chimpanzee?



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    The scientific name for the chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes.

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         The scientific name for the common chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes. It is in the family Hominidae, order:primate, class:mammalia, phylum:chordata. The word “troglodyte” is Greek for “cave-dweller”. There are several chimpanzee subspecies: Pan troglodytes troglodytes, Pan troglodytverus, Pan troglodytes vellerosus, and Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii.  The gracile chimpanzee, also known as the bonobo, is Pan paniscus.

         The name “chimpanzee” comes from the Tshiluba word “kivili-chimpenze”, which means, “mock man”, or “ape”.

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