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noun Biology.
  1. a specimen from the locality at which the type was first collected.
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Origin of topotype

First recorded in 1890–95; topo- + -type
Related formstop·o·typ·ic [top-uh-tip-ik] /ˌtɒp əˈtɪp ɪk/, top·o·typ·i·cal, adjective
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Historical Examples of topotype

  • Geographically, this specimen probably is more nearly a topotype than any other examined.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • Idiotype: a specimen named by the author after comparison with the type, but not also a topotype.

  • Metatype: is a specimen named by the author after comparison with the type; according to some, it should be also a topotype.

  • Topotype: is a specimen collected in the exact locality whence the original type was obtained.

British Dictionary definitions for topotype


  1. a specimen plant or animal taken from an area regarded as the typical habitat
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