Meaning of superspecies in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘One species, D. serido, is considered a superspecies consisting of many semi-isolated populations in the process of split.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, no study so far has compared the variation in phenotypic characters among all taxa of the X. guttatus superspecies.’