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type species

noun, Biology.
the species of a genus that is regarded as the best example of the generic characters of the genus; the species from which a genus was originally named.
Origin of type species
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The type-species (D. giganteum) is calculated to have attained the length of 18 feet.

  • The type-species of this genus is the Negro Cynopithecus, who is wholly black, and a little smaller than the Baboon.

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  • The type-species was originally found in N. America but has since been taken in several localities in continental Europe.

  • To recognise the identity of phenomena which thus differ only in degree, we must assume a type-species.

type-species in Science
type species  
See holotype.
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