having only one type.
of the nature of a monotype.
Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.
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How to use monotypic in a sentence
Other references to the monotypic genus have consisted only of a listing of the name or of its inclusion in a key.
We follow Chang (1932:54) and most subsequent authors in regarding D. rufozonatum as a monotypic species.Some Reptiles and Amphibians from Korea | Robert G Webb
The synonymy of each monotypic species or subspecies begins with the name as given in the original description.North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae) | Robert G. Webb
It is evident, then, as Romanes claims, that natural selection alone tends to monotypic evolution.Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol 3 of 3) | George John Romanes
First, the distinction between monotypic and polytypic evolution is not defined.Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol 3 of 3) | George John Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for monotypic
(of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
of or relating to a monotype
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Scientific definitions for monotypic
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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