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Family (Taxonomy)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for natural science collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the scientific name of the family to which the specimen has been assigned.


  • For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names as necessary.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name; do not use abbreviations.

    Family Paridea
  2. In accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature, the first letter of the taxon is upper case.

      Discipline paleontology
     Order Proboscidea
  3. Do not enter the word "family" before the name of the family.

    Family Equisetaceae
     and not 
     Family family Equisetaceae
  4. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name.

    Family Felidae ?
  5. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec