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type specimen

n.
The specimen that was originally used to name a species or subspecies or that was later designated as the basis for that name. A type specimen might be a dried plant, a preserved animal, or a fossil and is usually kept in a museum or herbarium. There are several kinds of type specimens, such as holotypes and lectotypes.
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type specimen

n
(Biology) biology the original specimen from which a description of a new species is made. Also called: holotype
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type′ spec`imen


n.
an individual organism from which the description of a species has been prepared.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.type specimen - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is madetype specimen - the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
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He acquired thousands of objects for the collections, including several sandstone slabs bearing the fossilised footprints of primitive reptiles which pre-dated the dinosaurs - one of which is a type specimen named after him.
Cercophonius himalayensis is only known from the type specimen and to our knowledge, no members of the genus Cercophonius or family Bothriuridae have subsequently been reported from India or surrounding countries.
Reeve sent me several photocopies of the type specimen of a Dendrobium pterocarpum, which was a species I knew from Orchidiana Philippiniana.
The displacement was also increased by stiffeners, and the displacement of the B type specimen was increased by 6.21% at least, while it was increased by at least 11.4% in type-C.
Stone impact test was also performed with the no rib type specimen made of the developed material shown in Table 2.
African acacias--the type specimen of the genus Acacia having been an example of Acacia nilotica from Egypt, first described in 1754--have played a significant role in the culture and economy of Africa since the get-go.
irroratus, Holotus obscurus Guerin-Meneville (Museo di Zoologia di Napoli, Naples, Italy), Copicerus swartzi Stal (Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden), and examination of the type specimen of Asiraca insignicornis Lethierry (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, France).
A third specimen with tetrapod tracks (NBMG 3494) was labeled as the type specimen for the plant Odontopteris crassa, but had associated tetrapod tracks that were labeled simply as 'Batrachian tracks?' (Fig.
A three-specimen syntype series has been recognized (USNM-PAL 7119), but Meek (5) identified a type specimen, representing his choice of a lectotype.