Subspecies meaning

sŭb'spē'shēz, -sēz
A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of an interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms.
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Any natural subdivision of a species that exhibits small, but persistent, morphological variations from other subdivisions of the same species living in different geographical regions or times: the subspecies name is usually the third term (not capitalized) in a trinomial (Ex.: the scientific name for Neanderthal man is Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)
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A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of an interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms.
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A subdivision of a species of organisms, usually based on geographic distribution. The subspecies name is written in lowercase italics following the species name. For example, Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the western lowland gorilla, and Gorilla gorilla graueri is the eastern lowland gorilla.
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(biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below species.
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(biology, taxonomy) A taxon at that rank.

In zoology and bacteriology, subspecies is the only rank below that of species which is formally accepted by the relevant nomenclatural Code.

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