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(English) The original populations described as a new species are also the type subspecies and bear the species name as the subspecies name also, e.g. Sarda chiliensis lineolata is the subspecies of Pacific bonito found in Canadian waters; the species (and therefore the type subspecies, Sarda chiliensis chilensis) was described from off South America. A subspecies distinct from the original species requires a new, subspecific name, the third latinised word in a scientific name.

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