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In the Linnean system (and taxonomic systems based on it), the Tribe is an optional ranking between the Family and the Genus.  It might seem strange that a family is considered higher than a tribe (i.e. a family can contain many tribes, but not vice versa), such is the way these names are.  This category is more commonly used in botany, but cladistics, with it's ever finer subdividing of phylogentic trees, is encouraging a greater use of this ranking in zoology and paleontology as well.  Basically we could say that a tribe is is a group of organisms among which the differences are extremely minor but still noticable.  In other words a group of genera which are more closely related to each other than to other genera in that family.
rank suffix
Tribe - ini
Subtribe no formal suffix, although in one article -ina was used


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page uploaded 27 May 1999