Definition of holotype in English:



Botany Zoology
  • A single type specimen upon which the description and name of a new species is based.

    Compare with syntype
    • ‘Other skull elements are similar to those described in the holotype.’
    • ‘The holotype and largest fragment of the new species is 59 mm high.’
    • ‘The holotype of this species might be a juvenile as there are larger specimens in our collection.’
    • ‘Additional character state information was also incorporated from descriptions of holotypes and additional fossil material.’
    • ‘To our knowledge, the holotype is the only other documented specimen in the species.’