a subdivision of a species, especially a geographical or ecological subdivision.
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How to use subspecies in a sentence
High office for a Hollywood (or some subspecies of) celebrity is not as outlandish as it once was—say, five or 10 minutes ago.
This is inconsistent with the ordinarily accepted concept of subspecies.A Synopsis of the American Bats of the Genus Pipistrellus | Walter W. Dalquest
Also, on the basis of this same index, some subspecies of D. ordii are more generalized than is any other species in the genus.
Intergradation occurs with the latter subspecies at Vernal, Uintah County, in cranial measurements and in color.
Six different complexes (groups) of subspecies of D. ordii have probably arisen as a result of geographical separation.
Intergrades with Dipodomys ordii utahensis are discussed under the account of that subspecies.
British Dictionary definitions for subspecies
biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a species: usually occurs because of isolation within a species: Abbreviation: ssp
- subspecific (ˌsʌbspɪˈsɪfɪk), adjective
- subspecifically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for subspecies
A subdivision of a species of organisms, usually based on geographic distribution. The subspecies name is written in lowercase italics following the species name. For example, Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the western lowland gorilla, and Gorilla gorilla graueri is the eastern lowland gorilla.
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