cenospecies

noun ce·no·species \¦sēnə, ¦senə+\
variants: or

coenospecies

\¦sēnə, ¦senə+\

Definition of cenospecies

  1. 1 :  the sum of the possible expressions of a complex genotype

  2. 2 :  a group of biological units (as varieties, subspecies, and ecospecies) that is capable by reason of closely related genotypes of essentially free gene interchange between units, is rarely capable of such interchange with units not part of the group, and is typically more or less equivalent to the taxonomic subgenus or superspecies in scope

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Origin and Etymology of cenospecies

coen- + species


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