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TAXONOMIC HIERARCHY

  1. The arrangement of various taxonomic categories in their proper descending order on the basis of their taxonomic ranks is called taxonomic hierarchy or systematic hierarchy.
  2. In this hierarchy, Kingdom is the category of highest rank placed at the top, while species is the lowest placed at the bottom.
  3. Following is an example of the taxonomic hierarchy which represents the methodology of classifying a plant:

Categories

Taxa (Plant)

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Spermatophyta

Sub-division

Angiospermae

Class

Dicotyledonae

Sub-class

Polypetalae

Series

Thalamiflorae

Order (Cohort)

Ranales

Family

Annonaceae

Genus

Annona

Species

squamosa

 

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