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Define a taxon. Give some examples of taxa at different hierarchical levels?


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A particular level of hierarchy in the classification of living beings is called as a taxon. A taxon is a group of one or more populations of an organism or organisms seen by taxonomists to form a unit.
For example, the basic level of classification is species, followed by genus, family, order, class, phylum or division, in ascending order. The highest level of classification is known as a kingdom. So each of these categories can be called as a taxon.

Biology
NCERT
Standard XI

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