Definition of superspecies in English:

superspecies

Line breaks: super|spe¦cies
Pronunciation: /suːpəˈspiːʃiːz
 
, sjuː-/

noun (plural same)

Biology
A group of largely allopatric species which are descended from a common evolutionary ancestor and are closely related but too distinct to be regarded as subspecies of one species.
More example sentences
  • By contrast, the common association of the taxa pachyrrhynchus, robustus, and sclateri, which have been considered either three subspecies of E. pachyrrhynchus or three species of a superspecies, was rejected by our topologies.
  • Single-locus genomic sequences can help determine if the organism is a subspecies or part of a superspecies.
  • In the literature, some forms of penguins have been alternatively treated as superspecies, species, or subspecies.

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