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tax·on

 (tăk′sŏn′)
n. pl. tax·a (tăk′sə)
A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.

[New Latin, back formation from taxonomy.]

taxon

(ˈtæksɒn)
n, pl taxa (ˈtæksə)
(Biology) biology any taxonomic group or rank
[C20: back formation from taxonomy]

tax•on

(ˈtæk sɒn)

n., pl. tax•a (ˈtæk sə)
a taxonomic category, as a species or genus.
[1945–50; < German (1926), from taxonomy]
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Noun1.taxon - animal or plant group having natural relations
Adapid, Adapid group - extinct small mostly diurnal lower primates that fed on leaves and fruit; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; their descendents probably include the lemurs; some authorities consider them ancestral to anthropoids but others consider them only cousins
Omomyid, Omomyid group - extinct tiny nocturnal lower primates that fed on fruit and insects; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; probably gave rise to the tarsiers; some authorities consider them ancestral to anthropoids but others consider them only cousins
kingdom - the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia
subkingdom - (biology) a taxonomic group comprising a major division of a kingdom
biological group - a group of plants or animals
variety - (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics; "varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
phylum - (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes
subphylum - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and a class
superphylum - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass
class - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
subclass - (biology) a taxonomic category below a class and above an order
superclass - (biology) a taxonomic class below a phylum and above a class
order - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
suborder - (biology) taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
superorder - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking above an order and below a class or subclass
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
superfamily - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking below an order but above a family
subfamily - (biology) a taxonomic category below a family
tribe - (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily
genus - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
subgenus - (biology) taxonomic group between a genus and a species
monotype - (biology) a taxonomic group with a single member (a single species or genus)
species - (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
subspecies, race - (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
var., variant, strain, form - (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
type - (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
group Pteridospermae, group Pteridospermaphyta, Pteridospermae, Pteridospermaphyta - used in some classification systems: a group of extinct fossil gymnosperms coextensive with the order Cycadofilicales
Centrospermae, group Centrospermae - used in former classification systems; approximately synonymous with order Caryophyllales
Amentiferae, group Amentiferae - used in some classification systems for plants that bear catkins
Phycomycetes, Phycomycetes group - a large and probably unnatural group of fungi and funguslike organisms comprising the Mastigomycota (including the Oomycetes) and Zygomycota subdivisions of the division Eumycota; a category not used in all systems
Translations
Taxon
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However, further study based on sufficient material is needed for a formal description of a possible new taxon.
The precise delimitation of the taxon range is, however, not possible, because the material is scarce and the successions with conodont-bearing strata are thin.
Correspondence Analysis was carried out on a dataset that included all early and middle Neolithic site phases, each domestic taxon and a combined 'wild' category, comprising the four wild taxa (roe deer, red deer, wild boar and aurochs).
Anyone needing to key out an unknown legume must potentially use both Volume 2 and Volume 3, especially if the unknown taxon is in the subfamily covered in Volume 3 (i.
The reason for this is that a biological trait can be expressed within a community by more than one taxon.
The 16S rRNA analysis showed this taxon to belong to a clade with Candidatus Clavochlamydia salmonicola, a taxon found in fish.
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It is endemic to Brazil and lives in rocky environments that stretch from the north coastal region of Sao Paulo state, Southeastern Brazil--the southernmost limit, with 1 taxon or 3.
Relative abundance was determined for each taxon on a broad scale over all stations (2, 3, 4, 6, and 9) and all habitat types, and on a finer scale within each of the four primary habitat types (rock ridge, boulder, cobble, and mud) over all stations.
These organisms were identified to genus or lowest practical taxon level (Merritt and Cummins, 1996; Thorp and Covich, 2001).
We also determined number of copies of CD36 gene in each individual taxon and compared its variation across these different taxa.