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A word for a single animal of a species?

Example sentence

the tapir is a very rare species, for example lets observe this {insert word here}

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  • Yes, but they are all different, depending on the species. :)
    – Jim
    Jan 3, 2016 at 17:33
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    Or maybe you want specimen?
    – Jim
    Jan 3, 2016 at 17:34
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    the tapir is a very rare species, for example lets observe this {insert word here} Jan 3, 2016 at 17:38
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    maybe individual? Jan 3, 2016 at 17:39
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    A combination of the previous proposals gives ... an "individual specimen".
    – Graffito
    Jan 3, 2016 at 18:17

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The tapir is a very rare species; for example, let's observe this individual.

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The tapir is a very rare species; for example, let's observe this particular specimen.

or even

The tapir is a very rare species; for example, let's observe this one.

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(The best answer is specimen mentioned in comments and existing answers)

An alternative is exemplar

An exemplar is a typical or representative specimen.

When to use: If you want to draw an inference about the entire species from study of a single individual then exemplar is slightly better than specimen, since a specimen could be an outlier, which is not helpful for inference about the entire species, but an exemplar is definitely representative and useful in this regard.

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