n., plural: species
Definition: A group of closely related organisms that can interbreed
(1) (taxonomy) The lowest taxonomic rank, and the most basic unit or category of biological classification. (2) (taxonomy) An individual belonging to a group of organisms (or the entire group itself) having common characteristics and (usually) are capable of mating with one another to produce fertile offspring. Failing that (for example the Liger) It has to be ecologically and recognizably the same. Word origin: Middle English, logical classification, from Latin speciēs, a seeing, kind, form”. Abbreviation: sp.
More About Species
In the hierarchy of biological classification, it is the lowest taxonomic rank and is considered as the most basic unit of classification. Genus is the taxonomic rank above the species and may contain one or more species. In order to be considered into a species rank, the group of organisms wherein two of its members are capable of reproducing fertile offspring (especially through sexual reproduction). There are certain groups though that can still be further subdivided into subgroups (i.e. subspecies, such as varieties, formae, etc.).
A species is given a two-part name: the generic name and the specific name (or specific epithet). For example, Allium cepa (commonly known as onion). The “Allium” is the generic name whereas the “cepa” is the specific epithet.
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