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The dragons and their kindred species are among the most innately magical and biologically complex creatures of the Material plane, but their reclusiveness and, in the case of many species, rarity, has prevented any major taxonomic work on the group. This article seeks to rectify that by examining the internal taxonomic relations of the dragonkind. Undead dragons are not treated here, as they are by their nature not independent species at all but non-living things created from the bodies of other species. This article also relies more on environmental, magical, and otherwise biological similarities and affinities than on any supposed lines of evolutionary descent for its organization.

Systemic Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Dracoformes

Dracoformes is the class that encompasses all true dragons and a number of other, related species. Physiological characteristics apparently include warm-bloodedness (probably homeothermic), scaly skin, and oviparity, among others.

Internal Systematics

Order: Dracomorpha - the true dragons.

Order: Pseudodracomorpha - the false dragons. Includes dragonets, wyverns, wyrms, and drakes.

Order: Dracohemos - the dragonblooded (kobolds, dragonspawn, and dragonborn)

  • Family: Microdraconiformidae
    • Genus: Koboldia
      • Koboldia koboldia, the common kobold
      • Koboldia urdia, the urd
    • Genus: Abeiria
  • Family: Dinodraconiformidae - dragonspawn

Order: Chelodracos - the dragon turtles

Order: Linnormorpha - the linnorms

  • Family: Linnormae
    • Genus:
      • Species included - flame linnorm, frost linnorm, forest linnorm, land linnorm, corpse tearer, rain linnorm, gray linnorm
    • Genus:
      • Species included - sea linnorm
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Side notes: the greaters drakes, elemental drakes, and felldrakes all form monophyletic clades within themselves, but probably not with each other or even with other drakes. The word "drake", in fact, seems to be more of a catch-all term for anything small and draconic.