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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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The superorder Rosiflorae (Dahlgren, 1980) belongs to the Angiospermae and comprises twelve orders (Fagales, Cunoniales, Saxifragales, Rosales, Juglandales, Myricales, Balanopales, Casuarinales, Trochodendrales, Hamamelidales, Gunnerales and Buxales) and thirtyeight families formed by species with varied habits and a wide distribution in temperate regions.
The flavonoids and triterpenoids were selected as chemosystematic markers for this purpose, due to their general occurrence and diversification in this superorder.
By contrast, most of the Rosiflorae families exhibit different positionings outside the superorder.
Cronquist (1976: 2) echoed the notion: "The difficulties, and the great differences of opinion, come instead in how to organize the families of monocots and dicots into orders and superorders or subclasses.
However, results of Mantel tests between matrices at the rank of subclass and superorder are discussed; they were all significant, and could possibly be correctly interpreted.
Tables IV and V give the results of the Mantel tests at the superorder and subclass ranks.