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type genus

n.
The taxonomic genus that is designated as representative of the family to which it belongs.

type′ ge`nus


n.
Biol. the genus that is formally held to be typical of the family or other higher group to which it belongs.
[1830–40]
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Noun1.type genus - (biology) genus from which the name of a family or subfamily is formedtype genus - (biology) genus from which the name of a family or subfamily is formed; it is not necessarily the most representative genus but often the largest or best known or earliest described
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genus - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
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Based on the pretarsal structure, he moved the new tribe to the subfamily Palaucorinae as a sister group to the tribe Palaucorini containing only the type genus.
It is therefore ironic that the type genus and namesake of the family Pettalidae is arguably the most enigmatic among Cyphophthalmi.
The taxonomy of the family has been confused and controversial since the type genus, Canella, was published.
The pitcairnioids were limited to the type genus Pitcairnia.
Two genera of Amphiumidae are currently recognized, Proamphiuma Estes and the type genus Amphiuma.
Entries for families, subfamilies, genera and species include diagnoses, remarks, type genus or species, and genera include the relevant species.
There is no reason why that should be singled out as a type genus for all vascular plants.