It's very common -- specially in fantasy and science-fiction -- to use race instead of species.
- “In Middle Earth (...) Aragorn (race: men) (...) Bilbo (race: hobbit)” 1
- “Tarkin's motivation was the enslavement of the Wookiee race for use as manual (...)”2
- “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”3
Shouldn't be used species instead?
From the Oxford dictionary:
Biology. a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.
each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics: people of all races, colours, and creeds.