Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Taxon'
n : animal or plant group having natural relations [syn: taxonomic
group, taxonomic category]
[also: taxa (pl)]
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Taxon'
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.[See more about Taxon at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Taxon Sample Sentences in News
- Provincial butterflies of Sri Lanka declared
Butterfly fauna is one of the biologically and culturally important taxon groups. Two hundred and forty five species of butterflies with 26 endemics have been recorded from Sri Lanka. Read more on this news related to 'Taxon'