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  1. having only one type.
  2. of the nature of a monotype.
  3. Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.
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Origin of monotypic

1875–80; mono- + typic
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Examples from the Web for monotypic

Historical Examples

  • In all, 27 kinds (subspecies and monotypic species) of the order Megachiroptera are known from the Solomon Islands.

    Systematics of Megachiropteran Bats in the Solomon Islands

    Carleton J. Phillips

  • I follow Burt and Stirton (1961:37) in treating Diphylla ecaudata as a monotypic species.

  • Until more material from critical areas is available for study, I continue to recognize angustapalata as a monotypic species.

  • Other references to the monotypic genus have consisted only of a listing of the name or of its inclusion in a key.

  • The only endemic for which the geographic history cannot be adequately explained is the monotypic Pityriasis gymnocephala.

British Dictionary definitions for monotypic


  1. (of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
  2. of or relating to a monotype
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monotypic in Science


  1. Having a single form or member, especially containing no more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A monotypic genus contains a single species, while a monotypic species consists of a single population that is not divided into subspecies. Compare polytypic.
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