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Type specimen [ Taxonomy ]
Synonym: Holotype

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  An individual organism that serves as the basis for the description of its species.  

When a new species is "discovered" a type specimen must be designated. The type description then describes the type specimen. The single specimen designated as the type for a species is called a holotype.

See also: Type species, Type genus

 

 

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