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 (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.
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(Biology) biology another name for type specimen
holotypic adj
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(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.
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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"
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Notes.--The antennae of the holotypic male are lost and its measurements are insufficiently provided.
This taxon was originally described on the basis of a skull fragment, isolated teeth, several vertebrae (e.g., holotypic anterior caudal vertebra; Fig.
However, he did find that Pallas (1772), in describing gryllodes, had included a drawing of the holotypic male and that the drawing matched the US species that was known as Orocharis gryllodes and was not similar to the other 5 U.S.