- the species of a genus that is regarded as the best example of the generic characters of the genus; the species from which a genus was originally named.
Origin of type species
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for type species
The type-species (D. giganteum) is calculated to have attained the length of 18 feet.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The type-species of this genus is the Negro Cynopithecus, who is wholly black, and a little smaller than the Baboon.The Desert World
To recognise the identity of phenomena which thus differ only in degree, we must assume a type-species.Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic
The type-species was originally found in N. America but has since been taken in several localities in continental Europe.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa
- See holotype.
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