Section (biology)

In biology a section (Latin: Sectio) is a taxonomic rank that is applied differently between botany and zoology.

The hierarchy of biological classification's eight major taxonomic ranks. Intermediate minor rankings are not shown.

In botany

Within flora (plants), 'section' refers to a botanical rank below the genus, but above the species:

In zoology

Within fauna (animals), 'section' refers to a zoological rank below the order, but above the family:

In bacteriology

The International Code of Nomenclature for Bacteria states that the Section rank is an informal one, between the subgenus and species (as in botany).[1]

See also

References

  1. "Chapter 3, Rules of Nomenclature with Recommendations, Rule 11", International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria: Bacteriological Code, 1990 Revision
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