the type specimen used in the original description of a species.
- hol·o·typ·ic [hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-], /ˌhɒl əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, adjective
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How to use holotype in a sentence
Osborn says the pandemic has underlined the utility of high-fidelity digital holotypes.The cameras that capture fragile deep-sea jellies in their element | Elizabeth Anne Brown | March 10, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
A parallel movement to digitize existing physical holotypes is also gaining steam.The cameras that capture fragile deep-sea jellies in their element | Elizabeth Anne Brown | March 10, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
The illustration of the holotype suggests that it has equally prominent, but fewer, spinules (Gaige, 1926).
The holotype, a gravid female, is the largest known specimen (31 mm., snout-vent length).
We have examined the holotype of dolomedes and agree with Dunn's assignment.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca | William E. Duellman
The broken skull of the holotype is partly separated from the skin of the head and in such a manner as to reveal the teeth.Taxonomic Notes on Mexican Bats of the Genus Rhogeessa | E. Raymond Hall
To my knowledge, the holotype was first specifically designated as the "(Type.)"North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae) | Robert G. Webb
British Dictionary definitions for holotype
biology another name for type specimen
- holotypic (ˌhɒləˈtɪpɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for holotype
The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species
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