Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a phylum and above a class.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prime division or main branch of a phylum; a group of a grade next below that of a phylum.

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  • noun taxonomy A taxonomic category below phylum and above class

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and a class

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Examples

  • Mammals are then grouped with the classes of other backboned animals, such as reptiles, into a "subphylum," Vertebrata, which is part of the "phylum" Chordata, containing all animals which have a nerve chord at some time in their life cycle.

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  • Most members of the chordate phylum, those in the subphylum Vertebrata, replace the notochord with vertebrae (the backbone) later in development to support the pelvic and pectoral girdles (to which the front and hind limbs are attached) and to protect the spinal cord.

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  • Representatives of only a part of just one subphylum, terrestrial vertebrates, were rescued.

    Pity the poor inverts - The Panda's Thumb

  • It's but one of many such birds from the subphylum "Talkus Non-Interruptus."

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  • This text, for example, lists Tardigrada (water bears) as a class within the subphylum of Arachnida in the phylum Arthropoda - as opposed to the current classification of Tardigrades in their own phylum.

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  • Based on just this one particular example, then, it appears that design extends into the phylum Chordata, past the divide between invertebrates and vertebrates, which is the level of subphylum.

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  • Based on just this one particular example, then, it appears that design extends into the phylum Chordata, past the divide between invertebrates and vertebrates, which is the level of subphylum.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • Based on just this one particular example, then, it appears that design extends into the phylum Chordata, past the divide between invertebrates and vertebrates, which is the level of subphylum.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • This subphylum contains scorpions, spiders and "sea spiders".

    Arthropoda

  • All members of this subphylum have chelicerae and pedipalps as their first and second prosomal appendages.

    Arthropoda

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