The type specimen of a species is the actual insect from which the original description of that species was produced. If several specimens were used for this purpose, one of them should have been designated as the type. Because the type can be of only one sex, it is usual to designate a certain individual of the opposite sex as the “allotype”. The original type specimen is then called the holotype. Paratypes are specimens taken at the same time as the Holotype but do not have the same status. If no one specimen of a series shows all the characters, the series could be defined as Syntypes. These 'type specimens' are very important in taxonomy and classification.

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