- having only one type.
- of the nature of a monotype.
- Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.
Origin of monotypic
1875–80; mono- + typic
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Examples from the Web for monotypic
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.Birds from North Borneo
Max C. Thompson
- (of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
- of or relating to a monotype
- 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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