- a category of related families within an order.
Origin of suborder
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Pteropods, a suborder of the gastropods, appeared in this age.The Elements of Geology
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The suborder Prunoidea comprises those Spumellaria in which the fenestrated spherical shell appears prolonged into one axis.
This suborder comprises three small but very different families, the Astrolophida, Litholophida, and Chiastolida.
They are specially characteristic of the suborder Acanthodii.
The suborder includes the Lizards, Chamaeleons and Amphisbaenians.
- biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
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- A taxonomic category ranking between an order and a family.
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- A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and containing one or more families.
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