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In scientific classification of biota, a subphylum is a taxonomic rank in zoological nomenclature.

The taxonomic rank of 'subdivision' in fungi and plant taxonomy is equivalent to 'subphylum' in zoological taxonomy.

Taxonomic rank[edit]

Subphylum is:

  1. subordinate to the phylum
  2. superordinate to the superclass.

Where convenient, subphyla in turn may be divided into infraphyla; in turn such an infraphylum also would be superordinate to any classes or superclasses in the hierarchy.


Not all fauna phyla are divided into subphyla.

Those that are include:

Examples of infraphyla include the Mycetozoa and the Gnathostomata.