One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A taxonomic category that ranks above order and below class.
- ‘The Plesiosauria (the name means ‘near lizards,’) were an important order of Mesozoic marine reptiles, members of the superorder Sauropterygia.’
- ‘These included the superorders Octopodiformes and Decapodiformes, the order Octopoda, the octopod suborder Incirrata, and the teuthoid suborder Myopsida.’
- ‘For example, the Piciformes are in the superorder Ciconii, whereas the Passeriformes are in the superorder Passeri; likewise, the Anseriformes are in the Ciconii, whereas the Galliformes are in the Passeri.’
- ‘Moreover, each category can also have prefixes to create a higher grouping (super-), or lower (sub-, infra-) subdivisions. So now there is also superorder, suborder, infraorder, subgenus, and subspecies.’
- ‘Arbacia belongs to the superorder Stirodonta, whereas Echinometra and Strongylocentrotus belong to the superorder Camarodonta.’
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