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superorder

(so͞o′pər-ôr′dər)
n.
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a class or its subdivisions and above an order.
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At the rank of superorder, Bessey's classification has five taxa whereas Thorne's, Dahlgren's, and Takhtajan's classifications have 19, 25, and 39 taxa, respectively.
The nine-banded armadillos, family Dasypodidae, order Cingulata, Superorder Xenarthra, (13) were introduced in North America very recently, around the year 1880.
The Late Permian Lodeve Basin has given a very rich and diverse fauna of the superorder Odonatoptera, with about 60 specimens in five families, i.e.
Class ECHINODERMATA Subclass Euechinoidea Superorder Gnathostomata Order Clypeasteroida Suborder Clypeasterina Family Clypeasteridae Genus Clypeaster LAMARCK, 1801 Clypeaster aff.
In 1997, though, geneticists argued that their work justified shuffling mammals in the evolutionary tree to create a new superorder, Afrotheria (SN: 1/6/01, p.4).
Their zoological class also includes the order Rajiformes (rays, mantas, and sawfish), and together they form the superorder Selachimorpha.
Among fishes, the most profound metamorphosis occurs in the fishes of the superorder Elopomorpha (eels.
Although 99.9% of all insects belong to the "winged" superorder, Pterygota, many genera are composed of species that are dimorphic for wing length or monomorphically wingless (for reviews, see Thayer 1992; Roff 1994a).
For example, among the superorder pericarida, a major taxon that includes most of the minute bottom-dwelling crustacea of the deep sea, 69 percent among those found in the western Atlantic during the past 30 years are newly discovered species.
pardalis 2 6.3 0.02 Order Perciformes SuperOrder Percoidei Family Sciaenidae Pachyurus francisci (Cuvier, 1830)* (NT) -- -- -- SuperOrder Labroidei Family Cichlidae Subfamily Pseudocrenilabrinae Coptodon rendalli (Boulenger, 1897)** -- -- -- Subfamily Cichlinae Cichlasoma sanctifranciscense Kullander, 1983 11 70.7 1.50 Crenicichla aff.
Despite the many studies conducted on the skeletons of birds belonging to the superorder Ratiatae in the subclass Palaeognathae, such as ostrich or emu, and morphologically large ones, there is no reference to exact measurements of their vertebrae and spinal canal (Sales, 2006; Leite et al, 2012) or they are only insignificant and not very precise mentions (Cobley et al.; Kumar & Singh, 2014).