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Plural of phylum.
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(Linguistics) the plural of phylum
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(ˈfaɪ ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
1. the primary subdivision of a taxonomic kingdom, grouping together all classes of organisms that have the same body plan.
2. a category consisting of language stocks that, because of cognates in vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin.
[1875–80; < New Latin < Greek phŷlon group with common ancestry, tribe, akin to phyein to bring forth, produce, be]
phy′lar, adj.
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A total of 156 non-overlapping taxa belonging to 12 phyla were found in the Estonian psammon communities, 69 taxa occurring in the Gulf of Finland and 123 taxa in lakes (Table 2).
Predominant phyla in average community compositions were Firmicutes, Actinobacteria and Bacteriodetes with no significant change in phylum level before and after intervention.
The two 16S-rRNA rhizosphere libraries covered 8 phyla 14 classes 14 orders 23 families 33 genera along with un- classified and un-characterized lineages that may represents novel lineages.
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These critics argue that the expected transitions between major invertebrate groups (phyla) are absent, and that the suddenness of their appearance in the fossil record demonstrates that evolutionary explanations are not viable.
According to the present study three bacterial phyla were identified: Verrucomicrobia (10%), Bacteroidetes (40%) and Proteobacteria (50%).
The dataset was divided into the following groups based on the classifications: Archaea, Bacteria, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, Acidobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Chloroflexi, and the collected "minor phyla" of bacteria that comprised sequences not assigned to any of the aforementioned phyla.
There are many brilliant, high quality color figures including photographs of representative examples of most phyla as well as informative color graphs and diagrams.
Thus, additional knowledge of invertebrate C values, including that of the less well-known minor phyla, is required.