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Taxon Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    taxon n : animal or plant group having natural relations [syn: taxonomic group, taxonomic category] [also: taxa (pl)]
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A taxon (plural: taxa) is a group of (one or more) organisms, which a taxonomist adjudges to be a unit. Usually a taxon is given a name and a rank, although neither is a requirement. Defining what belongs or does not belong to such a taxonomic group is done by a taxonomist. It is not uncommon for one taxonomist to disagree with another on what exactly belongs to a taxon, or on what exact criteria should be used for inclusion.

Taxonomists sometimes make a distinction between "good" (or natural) taxa and others that are "not good" (or artificial). Today it is common to define a good taxon as one that reflects presumptive evolutionary (phylogenetic) relationships. But this is not mandatory.

A taxon may be given a formal name, a scientific name. Such a scientific name is governed by one of the Nomenclature Codes, which sets out rules to determine which scientific name is correct for that particular grouping.

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  • The Saturday Poem: Similes of the Mallorcan Midwife Toad
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  • Labour funding pledge Kauri's 'best hope yet'
    ‘The funding for ‘Kauri Die Back’ (PTA or Phytopthera Taxon Agathis) promised by the Labour Party yesterday is the trees’ best hope yet’ says Waitakere Ranges Protection Society (WRPS) President, John Edgar. Labour leader David Cunliffe yesterday announced funding of $20million over the next ten years to fight the killer disease which has hit 11% of the Read more on this news related to 'Taxon'
  • Funding pledge Kauri’s Best Hope Yet
    ‘The funding for ‘Kauri Die Back’ (PTA or Phytopthera Taxon Agathis) promised by the Labour Party yesterday is the trees’ best hope yet’ says Waitakere Ranges Protection Society (WRPS) President, John Edgar. Read more on this news related to 'Taxon'

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