Definition of superspecies in English:
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.
- 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.