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Dictionary Definition

subgenus n : (biology) taxonomic group between a genus and a species [also: subgenera (pl)]

Extensive Definition

In biology, a subgenus is a taxonomic rank directly below genus. See rank (botany) and rank (zoology).
In zoology, a subgeneric name can be used independently or included in a species name, in parentheses, placed between the generic and specific name: e.g. the Tiger Cowry of the Indo-Pacific, Cypraea (Cypraea) tigris Linnaeus, which belongs to the subgenus Cypraea of the genus Cypraea. However, it is not mandatory, or even customary, when giving the name of a species, to include the subgeneric name.
subgenus in Catalan: Subgènere
subgenus in French: Sous-genre (biologie)
subgenus in Lithuanian: Pogentė
subgenus in Maltese: Sottoġeneru
subgenus in Dutch: Ondergeslacht
subgenus in Occitan (post 1500): Sosgenre (biologia)
subgenus in Polish: Podrodzaj (biologia)
subgenus in Slovak: Podrod
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