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Superfamily

 

a taxonomic category used in the more thoroughly studied classes of animals to combine phylogenetically similar families within an order. In Latin, superfamilies are indicated by attaching the suffix “-oidea” to the name of the oldest family of the group. Thus, the superfamily Feloidea comprises the families Viverridae, Hyaenidae, and Felidae.

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