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Origin of subfamily
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In the second subfamily, Trochodiscida, the margin is armed with solid radial spines, lying in the equatorial plane.
A third subfamily, Discopylida, is formed by the building of a chambered equatorial girdle around the margin of Pylodiscus.
That subfamily contained at that time only two genera, Dorataspis (with seven species) and Haliommatidium (with five species).
The Nephrospyrida, the third subfamily, contains two very different genera only, each of which may represent a separate family.
The second subfamily of Tympanida are the Paratympanida, in which the two horizontal rings become closed by lattice-work.
- biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a family
- any analogous subdivision, as of a family of languages
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- A taxonomic category ranking between a family and a genus.
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- A subdivision of a family of organisms, containing one or more genera. The names of subfamilies in the animal kingdom typically end in -inae, as in Cerambycinae, a subfamily of the longhorn beetle family Cerambycidae.
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