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Life Domain Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species
The hierarchy of biological classification's eight major taxonomic ranks. Intermediate minor rankings are not shown.

In biological classification, a subfamily (Latin: subfamilia, plural subfamiliae) is an auxiliary (intermediate) taxonomic rank, next below family but more inclusive than genus. Standard nomenclature rules end subfamily botanical names with "-oideae",1 and zoological names with "-inae".2

See also


  1. ^ "International Code of Botanical Nomenclature Online, Vienna Code, articles 2 and 3". 2008. 
  2. ^ International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (1999). "Article 29.2. Suffixes for family-group names". International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Fourth Edition ed.). International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, XXIX. p. 306. 

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