When several things that are successive go in a series, they are called a homologous series i.e. In Chemistry, there is the homologous series of hydrocarbons e.g. alkanes.
I am trying to state that butane is next in the homologous series for alkanes, so it comes up something like this:
"Butane is the next __ in the series."
What is the word that would fit in the blank?