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Families (biology)
Family ( la, familia, plural ') is one of the eight major hierarchical taxonomic rank In biological classification, taxonomic rank is the relative level of a group of organisms (a taxon) in a Taxonomy (biology), taxonomic hierarchy. Examples of taxonomic ranks are species, genus, family (biology), family, order (biology), order, ...s in Linnaean taxonomy Linnaean taxonomy can mean either of two related concepts: # the particular form of biological classification In biology Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their anatomy, physical stru ...; it is classified between order Order, ORDER or Orders may refer to: * Orderliness Orderliness is a quality that is characterized by a person’s interest in keeping their surroundings and themselves well organized, and is associated with other qualities such as cleanliness a ... and genus Genus /ˈdʒiː.nəs/ (plural genera /ˈdʒen.ər.ə/) is a taxonomic rank ...
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In biological classification, taxonomic rank is the relative level of a group of organisms (a taxon) in a Taxonomy (biology), taxonomic hierarchy. Examples of taxonomic ranks are species, genus, family (biology), family, order (biology), order, class (biology), class, phylum (biology), phylum, kingdom (biology), kingdom, domain (biology), domain, etc. A given rank subsumes under it less general categories, that is, more specific descriptions of life forms. Above it, each rank is classified within more general categories of organisms and groups of organisms related to each other through inheritance of phenotypic trait, traits or features from common ancestors. The rank of any ''species'' and the description of its ''genus'' is ''basic''; which means that to identify a particular organism, it is usually not necessary to specify ranks other than these first two. Consider a particular species, the red fox, ''Vulpes vulpes'': the next rank above, the genus ''Vulpes'', comprises all t ...
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