[ kan-di-deyt spee-sheez, spee-seez, kan-di-dit ]
/ ˈkæn dɪˌdeɪt ˌspi ʃiz, ˌspi siz, ˈkæn dɪ dɪt /
noun Biology, Ecology.
any plant or animal species that is a candidate for designation as an endangered species or threatened species: Thanks to conservation efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service no longer classifies this New England rabbit as a candidate species.
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Origin of candidate species
First recorded in 1965–70
Words nearby candidate species
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Scientific definitions for candidate species
[ kăn′dĭ-dāt′ ]
A plant or animal species that is classified by a government agency as a candidate for possible listing as an endangered or threatened species.
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