The type genus Xiphodon has selenodont molars and elongated, slender, cutting premolars.
San′talin, the colouring matter of red sandalwood; San′talum, the type genus of the sandalwood family.
The type genus Hippotragus has its horns placed above the orbits; they are not twisted, but curved backwards.
The taxonomic genus that is designated as representative of the family to which it belongs. The type genus is usually the first genus in the family to be named, or the genus that is considered most important. Families are named after type genera. For example, the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus is the type genus for the family Tyrannosauridae.