Organize organisms—and so much more—with a taxonomy diagram

From taxonomy charts to spider diagrams, FigJam makes it easy to classify, consolidate, and interpret data.

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Taxonomy diagram template

Use this taxonomy chart maker to rank subjects—no matter how many hominids you have in your herd.

Classify with class

With our taxonomy creator, you can quickly rearrange concepts—organic or otherwise—into easy-to-understand boxes.

Standardize your system: Use the same terminologies and semantics to organize each system or project.

Look at layers: Create a unified view, even with multiple rows of data.

Hunt for hierarchies: Develop a ranking system within any set of metadata—whether it’s biological or business-related.

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Codify with your collaborators

Whether you work in a pack or prefer the lone wolf lifestyle, a taxonomy template from FigJam helps you make the most of your time. Invite partners into an interactive whiteboard space, communicate via text or audio, and use colored markers, shapes, and ready-made icons to spice up your schematic.

Go beyond biology

Classify anything from bacteria to business concepts with our taxonomy diagram. Act on your newfound understanding with more helpful tools and templates from our community.


Coming to us from the Ancient Greek words meaning “arrangement method,” taxonomy is a process in biology that involves naming and classifying living organisms. Traditional taxonomy helps biologists understand the relationship between plants and animals and where they fit into the world around them.

Although taxonomy usually relates to botany or zoology, you can use a taxonomy chart to investigate the hierarchy of any person, place, product, or service—though you might need to come up with creative names for each rank.

Since taxonomy is traditionally used in biology, the eight rungs of a taxonomy chart have a predefined order and corresponding set of names.

Here’s how to read a taxonomy chart (from top to bottom):

- Domain

- Kingdom

- Phylum

- Class

- Order

- Family

- Genus

- Species

The top end of the chart (domain) is the broadest classification; the bottom of the diagram (species) is the most specific.

While these are the eight “agreed upon” levels in a taxonomy chart, you can always customize a diagram to create your own organization system.

To jump right into classification, download a free taxonomy generator from FigJam. To start, all you need is a blank taxonomy chart and the subject or concept you’re planning to organize. After brainstorming and debating with peers, place each category along the vertical hierarchy.

Feel free to arrange and rearrange your order until you feel confident in the final structure—it’s easy with FigJam’s editable templates. Then, add text, shapes, colors, comments, stamps, and much more to contextualize (or counter) the information.

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