from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A taxonomic category above family and below order (and its subdivisions).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A group intermediate between a family and a suborder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, a group of families, or a. group of a grade next above the family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (biology) a taxonomic group ranking below an order but above a family
"Though members of order Lagomorpha can resemble rodents (order Rodentia), and were classified as a superfamily in that order until the early twentieth century, they have since been considered a separate order."
Though these mammals can resemble rodents order Rodentia, and were classified as a superfamily in that order until the early twentieth century, they have since been considered a separate order.
(Crocodiles are part of the Crocodyloidea superfamily, whereas alligators and caimans are part of Alligatoroidea).
She doesn't yet have a name for the creature, but we have already determined that it's in the family Knittedae, superfamily Craftoidea, class Woolapoda, a sister group of the Gastropoda.
About 10 days ago, Christopher Taylor over at Catalogue of Organisms had a post about the terrestrial gastropod superfamily Gastrodontoidea.
They've developed a particular expertise around a group of enzymes referred to as the "cytochrome P450 superfamily," or CYP450 for short, which is involved in how the liver metabolizes many chemicals.
Sea lion is the name given to sea-dwelling mammals belonging to the Otariidae family of the Pinnipedia superfamily.
Most belong to the leguminosae superfamily, many of which are associated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and various species of ants.
Some use it to describe all members of the Hominoidea superfamily.
It might be a sylvioid, or it might be a muscicapoid, or it might end up in its own superfamily.
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