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The level or relative position of a taxon within the taxonomic hierarchy
eg species, genus, family, and class. Taxonomic ranks are for nomenclatural
purposes eg all families are at the same rank, which lies between superfamily
Informally named groups of animals, plants, amphibians and insects e.g.
butterflies, frogs and birds.
for scientific name: The currently recognised scientific name for
a species as recommended by the Natural History Museum and the National
Biodiversity Network for use in the UK (in a few cases, this may differ
from the name used in other countries). For common names: this is
either an 'official' name or one in wide usage.
for a scientific name: (with rank below genus) to be 'well-formed',
it must be correctly spelled and include an authority that complies with
the applicable code of nomenclature. For a common name : it should
have correct capitalisation and spelling.
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