|polytypic or polytypical (ˌpɒlɪˈtɪpɪk)|
|1.||existing in, consisting of, or incorporating several different types or forms|
|2.||biology (of a taxonomic group) having many subdivisions, esp (of a species) having many subspecies and geographical races|
|polytypical or polytypical|
polytypic pol·y·typ·ic (pŏl'ē-tĭp'ĭk) or pol·y·typ·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Having several variant forms, especially subspecies or varieties.
|polytypic (pŏl'ē-tĭp'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
Having several variant forms, especially containing more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A polytypic genus contains two or more different species, while a polytypic species consists of two or more subspecies. Compare monotypic.