subspecies

(redirected from Sub-species)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

subspecies

 [sub´spe-shēz]
a subdivision of a species; a variety or race.

subspecies

/sub·spe·cies/ (sub´spe-sēz) a taxonomic category subordinate to a species, differing morphologically from others of the species but capable of interbreeding with them; a variety or race.

subspecies

(sŭb′spē′shēz, -sēz)
n. pl. subspecies
A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of an interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms.

sub′spe·cif′ic (-spĭ-sĭf′ĭk) adj.

subspecies

the division of the population of a SPECIES on the grounds of incomplete REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION. In many groups of organisms subspecies have been named on minor morphological differences which usually occur in different geographically defined populations. Often, for example in birds, different parts of a CLINE have been given subspecific status; if clines are to be named, only the extremes should have subspecific names. Clearly defined populations such as island forms often merit subspecific names and might be considered as species in the making. see ISOLATING MECHANISMS.

subspecies,

n an intermediate taxonomical category in biology. Immediately subordinate to species, it usually denotes geographically isolated or morphologically different populations that may interbreed with other subspecies. Abbreviated as
subsp.

subspecies

a subdivision of a species; a variety or race.
References in periodicals archive ?
NATURAL WORLD: SRI LANKA - ELEPHANT ISLAND (9pm BBC2) A BABY elephant who lost part of his leg in a snare trap is one of the stars of this film about Sri Lanka's own sub-species of Asian elephants.
In the second and largest section, he considers hazards that include harm to children (physical and psychosocial), broader consequences for a society with potentially multiple human sub-species, the end of the human lineage and what our history with Neanderthals might say about it, and the hard question of natural or directed evolution.
We can only hope also that our unique endemic sub-species homo cypriensis rusfetica will bite the dust and become as extinct as the dinosaurs that they resemble.
The purpose of subtyping is to differentiate isolates of bacteria beyond classifying their species or sub-species.
The British company behind the project, Oxitec, is focusing initially on dengue fever, given that the particular virus which causes it is only carried by one sub-species of mosquito.
As the last surviving member of the distinct Pinta Island sub-species, he was cherished by conservationists who tried their hardest to find him a mate.
The cross-breeding between closely related species and or sub-species is another serious conservation concern.
Most of the bees in UK hives come from imported sub-species, but now research by the Bee Improvement And Bee Breeders' Association (Bibba) has revealed that the native black honey bee is holding on in parts of the UK where it was thought to be extinct.
White claw bears are a sub-species of the Asian brown bear and are small and yellowish in colour.
It may seem semantic, but as knowledge grows, so sub-species can become recognised as different species.
Rooted liners are available for more than 100 different varieties of annual and perennial garden flowers in multiple colors and sub-species.