- a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.
Origin of subspecies
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High office for a Hollywood (or some subspecies of) celebrity is not as outlandish as it once was—say, five or 10 minutes ago.Val Kilmer for Governor?
May 11, 2009
Howell (1914:31) earlier noted that specimens from northern and central Colorado were intergrades between the two subspecies.
In Coahuila this subspecies of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a common migrant.
Two subspecies of the Black-crested Titmouse are present in Coahuila.
This subspecies of the Curve-billed Thrasher occurs in northwestern Coahuila.
This subspecies of the Rufous-sided Towhee occurs in southeastern Coahuila.
- biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a speciesAbbreviation: ssp
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Word Origin and History for subspecies
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- A subdivision of a species of organisms, usually based on geographic distribution. The subspecies name is written in lowercase italics following the species name. For example, Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the western lowland gorilla, and Gorilla gorilla graueri is the eastern lowland gorilla.
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