Tribe (biology)

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In biology, a tribe is a taxonomic rank between family and genus. It lies below ranks with names derived from family, such as subfamily.[1][2] It is sometimes subdivided into subtribes.

In zoology, some examples include the tribes Caprini (goat-antelopes), Hominini (hominins), Bombini (bumblebees), and Thunnini (tunas). The standard ending for the name of a zoological tribe is "-ini". The tribe Hominini is divided into subtribes by some scientists; subtribe Hominina then comprises "humans". The standard ending for the name of a zoological subtribe is "-ina".

In botany, examples include the tribes Acalypheae and Hyacintheae. The standard ending for the name of a botanical tribe is "-eae". The tribe Hyacintheae is divided into subtribes, including the subtribe Massoniinae. The standard ending for the name of a botanical subtribe is "-inae".

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  1. ^ "International Code of Botanical Nomenclature Online, Vienna Code, articles 2 and 3". 2008. 
  2. ^ International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (1999). International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Fourth Edition ed.). International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, XXIX. p. 306.