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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
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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type species  
See holotype.
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