Definition of subgenus in US English:



  • A taxonomic category that ranks below genus and above species.

    • ‘In the gastropods groups I surveyed, 124 taxa at the subgenus and species-group level occurred in the Gatunian Province during the late Miocene and early Pliocene.’
    • ‘Popov's monograph of Cenozoic cardiid shell microstructure includes more than 62 genera and subgenera and 150 species.’
    • ‘The lowest taxonomic rank is species (genera / subgenera in mollusks) and the highest is family.’
    • ‘These ingroup species were chosen to represent each of the proposed subgenera and genera from previous phylogenetic studies.’
    • ‘Species and not genera or subgenera are considered the most appropriate units in biodiversity studies.’