Categories between Family and Genus: Zoology only

christian thompson cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV
Fri Apr 5 09:42:12 CST 2002

Zoologists ONLY.

The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature regulates the ending
(suffixes) of family-group names only for
        Superfamily -oidea
        Family          -idae
        Subfamily     -inae
        Tribe            -ini
        Subtribe       -ina

(See Article 29.2)

I would like to know whether people use additional categories for
family-group names and what ending they used.

For example, my colleague (Ray Gagne) uses Supertribe (-idi).  Does any one
use Infra-Family? If so, what ending does one use?



F. Christian Thompson
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Smithsonian Institution
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