Faimily (biology)

In biological classification, faimily (Laitin: familia) is

  • a taxonomic rank. Ither well-kent ranks are life, domain, kinrick, phylum, class, order, genus, an species, wi faimily fittin atween order an genus. As for the ither well-kent ranks, thare is the option o an immediately lawer rank, indicatit bi the prefix sub-: subfaimily (Latin: subfamilia).
  • a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is faimilies (Latin familiae)
The hierarchy o biological clessification's aicht muckle taxonomic ranks. An order contains ane or mair faimilies. Middlin smaw rankins arena shawn.
Example: Wawnits an hickories alang tae Juglandaceae, the wawnit faimily

What daes an daes nae alang tae ilka faimily is determined bi a taxonomist. Similarly for the quaisten if a parteecular faimily should be recognised at aw. Eften thare is na exact agreement, wi different taxonomists ilka takin a different poseetion. Thare are na haird rules that a taxonomist needs tae follae in describing or recognizing a faimily. Some taxa are acceptit almaist universally, while ithers are recognised anly rarely.