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Could you help me please with the meaning of VOUCHER in this sentence: "For Colombia, only the Amazonas region lacks voucher specimens", it's an article about foxes.

  • Masood

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    British English
    1.0 Definition

    A 'voucher specimen' is any specimen, usually but not always a cadaver, that serves as a basis of study and is retained as a reference.

    'Specimen' means the whole animal or a part thereof. (A voucher should be in an accessible collection; however, even if it is not, it remains a voucher.)

    'Type' specimen is a particular voucher specimen which serves as a basis for taxonomic description of that subspecies.

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