holotype [hol-uh-tahyp, hoh-luh-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Biology.

  1. the type specimen used in the original description of a species.

Origin of holotype First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + -type Related formshol·o·typ·ic [hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, adjective Examples from the Web for holotype Historical Examples of holotype

  • As stated above, the rings on the holotype are mostly complete.

    A New Snake of the Genus Geophis From Chihuahua, Mexico

    John M. Legler

  • The holotype now is faded but has some of the pattern described.

    The Systematics of the Frogs of the Hyla Rubra Group in Middle America

    Juan R. Len

  • We have examined the holotype of dolomedes and agree with Dunn’s assignment.

    Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca

    William E. Duellman

  • At that time only the holotype, a female, of H. pinorum was known.

    Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America

    William E. Duellman

  • The locality whence the holotype of Sciurus aureogaster aureogaster was obtained is unknown.

    The Subspecies of the Mexican Red-bellied Squirrel, Sciurus aureogaster

    Keith R. Kelson

  • British Dictionary definitions for holotype holotype noun

    1. biology another name for type specimen

    Derived Formsholotypic (ˌhɒləˈtɪpɪk), adjective holotype in Medicine holotype [hŏl′ə-tīp′, hō′lə-] n.

    1. The specimen used as the basis of the original published description of a taxonomic group and later designated as the type specimen.

    holotype in Science holotype [hŏl′ə-tīp′, hō′lə-]

    1. The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species

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