(redirected from holotypes)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


 (hŏl′ə-tīp′, hō′lə-)
The single specimen or other element used or designated as the type specimen of a species or subspecies in the original published description of the taxon.

hol′o·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Biology) biology another name for type specimen
holotypic adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈhɒl əˌtaɪp, ˈhoʊ lə-)

the single specimen used as the basis for the original description of a species.
hol`o•typ′ic (-ˈtɪp ɪk) adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holotype - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is madeholotype - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Holotypes with numbers carrying the prefix UALVP are housed in the Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, while specimens with numbers having the prefix GSC are deposited in the Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary, Canada.
A total of 26 holotypes and 14 allotypes are currently held in the collection.
(2008) did not have access to the holotype. We examined the holotypes of R.
The holotypes of two previously known Afrotropical species of Diaparsis, viz.
lacertus holotype. The remaining lineage (5) has a combination of morphological and pigmentation characters that are not present in the holotypes or syntypes of B.
Thirty years ago, while revising South American araneid spiders, I requested the holotypes of the two species of Spintharidius Simon 1893, S.
A robust definition for the Necrotauliidae based primarily on the type genus Necrotaulius is required and we have attempted to supply this based on the examination of some holotypes and nonholotype material and published descriptions.
Type specimens (holotypes and paratypes) of the mites and their representative rodent hosts were deposited in the specimen repository of Institute of Pathogens and Vectors.
The collection of the primary types of Polyplacophora in the KwaZulu-Natal Museum consists of 13 holotypes from the southeast African coast from Nacala Bay (Nampula, Mozambique) to Table Bay (Western Cape, South Africa).
Remarks: Although characters of the opposite sex, complementary to both holotypes of Ami armihuariensis sp.
Toward that end, Talamas, together with ARS entomologist Matthew Buffington, has begun a project to photograph the collection of Platygastroidea wasp "holotypes" managed by colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C.