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n, pl -la (-lə)
(Biology) a taxonomic classification intermediate between a phylum and a kingdom
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(ˈsu pərˌfaɪ ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə)
a category of related phyla within a kingdom.
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Noun1.superphylum - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
category, class, family - a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents"
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The deuterostome superphylum comprises the chordates, which include all vertebrates, hemichordates (acorn worms), and echinoderms (Satoh et al., 2014); echinoderms themselves are comprised of sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sand dollars, and crinoids.
Taxonomically, Caryospora species, belong to Eukaryota domain, Corticata superkingdom, Chromista kingdom, Harosa subkingdom, Halvaria infrakingdom, Alveolata superphylum, the Miozoa phylum, Myzozoa subphylum, Avicomplexa infraphylum, the Sporozoa superclass, Coccidiomorphea class, Coccidia subclass, the Eimeriida order, and the Eimeriidae family and consists of cyst-forming protozoan parasites found in the intestine of various species of reptiles and birds.
Lyubetsky, "A method for identification of highly conserved elements and evolutionary analysis of superphylum Alveolata," BMC Bioinformatics, vol.