According to the San Diego Zoo, the classification of the Bengal tiger is animalia, chordata, mammalia, carnivora, felidae, panthera, panthera tigris. The subfamily of the Bengal tiger is pantherinae.
According to the San Diego Zoo, the Bengal tiger is in the same family as all modern cats, from wild lions, tigers and bobcats to the common house cat. Further classification levels identify Bengal tigers from other cats, and then from other tigers. Some of these tigers are extinct, such as the saber-tooth tiger and the Caspian tiger. The remaining species are distinguishable from the Bengal tiger by their physical characteristics and are classified into other subspecies.
According to the Fairfax County Public Schools, classifying living things in this way is called taxonomy. There are five kingdoms, which are the largest groups. The kingdoms are the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, the fungi kingdom, the protist kingdom and the moneran kingdom. Several smaller groups follow. The smaller the group, the more similar the living things in that group are. Tigers are in the same class as wolves, bears and even squirrels. They are not differentiated from wolves and bears until the family grouping since these are in the dog family, not the cat family.