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  • adj. Relating to or exhibiting monotypy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having but one type; consisting of a single representative; represented by a monotype, as a genus of one species, a family of one genus, etc.
  • Being a monotype; alone representing a given group, as a species single in its genus. Also monotypal and monotypical.

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  • adj. consisting of only one type


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  • Genera that contain only one species are termed monotypic category page for this topic but their lists are limited, since Wikipedia is not a comprehensive taxonomy resource.

    What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate

  • This wide-ranging species is unique enough to be monotypic.

    Mystery bird: silver-breasted broadbill, Serilophus lunatus

  • A variety of interesting trees occurs in the hill woodlands of the Upper Marmelos and Middle Tapajós Rivers including the dwarf rubber tree, Hevea camporum, the elegant palm, Euterpe longibracteata, the enormous Huberodendron ingens, and rare monotypic Brachynema ramiflorum.

    Madeira-Tapajós moist forests

  • The hotspot is home to three endemic plant families (Aextoxicaceae, Gomortegaceae and Lactoridaceae), and several monotypic endemic plant genera (Pitavia, Legrandia, and Jubaea).

    Biological diversity in the Chilean winter rainfall-valdivian forests

  • Over 50 relict monotypic genera have survived from the Mesozoic era, 20% of China's total, among them the dove tree Davidia involucrata, Katsura tree Cercidophyllum japonicum, Chinese money maple Dipteronia sinensis, dawn redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (CR), Chinese bretschneidera Bretschneidera sinensis (EN), gingko Gingko biloba (EN), Tetracentron sinensis and one-eyed grass Kingdonia uniflora. 50 genera are endemic to China (20% of its total) and 67 plant species are nationally protected.

    The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, China

  • This area also has a monotypic endemic genus, Nephrophyllum abyssinicum, which is found on heavily grazed pastures, open ground, and rocky areas on steep slopes between 1,650 and 2,700 meters.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • The beautiful, bright green African green broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri, VU), the sole representative of a monotypic genus, is found in only three sites in the Rift.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • Most of these endemic mammals are shrews and rodents, including two monotypic endemic genera: the Ruwenzori shrew (Ruwenzorisorex suncoides, VU), and Delanys swamp mouse (Delanymys brooksi).

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • More than 30 of the nearly 200 mammals found in the Ethiopian Highlands are found nowhere else, including a remarkable six endemic genera, four of which are monotypic: three rodents (Megadendromus, Muriculus, and Nilopegamys) and one primate, the gelada (Theropithecus gelada).

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • The Albertine Rift is home to about 19 percent of Africa's amphibian species, including more than 30 endemic species and three monotypic endemic genera: Parkers tree toad (Laurentophryne parkeri), the Itombwe golden frog (Chrysobatrachus cupreonitens), and African painted frog (Callixalus pictus, VU).

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane


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  • (adj): (Biol.) The sole member of its group, such as a single species that constitutes a genus, family or order.

    (n): A unique print made by pressing paper against a painted or inked surface.

    January 1, 2009