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noun Biology.
  1. a specimen designated as the type of a species or subspecies when no holotype was designated by the original author of the name.
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Related formslec·to·typ·ic [lek-tuh-tip-ik] /ˌlɛk təˈtɪp ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lectotype

Historical Examples

  • I incline to the view that a specimen so designated would at most be only a lectotype, unless it were a cotype.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • Lectotype: a co-type chosen, subsequently to the original description, to take the place which in other cases a holotype occupies.

  • Stejneger's reference to MCZ 1910 as the type is considered unintentional and an inadequate designation of a lectotype.