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type specimen The specimen used for naming and describing a species or subspecies. If this is the original specimen collected by the author who named the species it is termed a holotype. The type specimen is not necessarily the most characteristic representative of the species. The term type is also applied to any taxon selected as being representative of the rank to which it belongs. For example, the genus Solanum (potato) is said to be the type genus of the family Solanaceae.

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type specimen

type specimen(holotype) An individual plant or animal chosen by taxonomists to serve as the basis for naming and describing a new species or variety. Compare lectotype; neotype; paratype; and syntype.

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"type specimen." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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type specimen

type specimen (holotype) An individual plant or animal chosen by taxonomists to serve as the basis for naming and describing a new species or variety. Compare LECTOTYPE and SYNTYPE.

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"type specimen." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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type specimen

type specimen (holotype) In taxonomy, the individual animal that is chosen to serve as the basis for naming and describing a new species or variety. compare LECTOTYPE; SYNTYPE.

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"type specimen." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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type specimen See HOLOTYPE.

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"type specimen." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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