need word help

Frederick J. Peabody fpeabody at SUNFLOWR.USD.EDU
Thu Feb 27 11:34:32 CST 1997

Might I suggest "anecdotal species."

Frederick J. Peabody
Associate Professor of Botany
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069  USA
fpeabody at

On Wed, 26 Feb 1997, Liz Day wrote:

> Help please.... I'm working on a small book on bees, and I need a
> word to describe the several species that might or might not exist
> in the geographical area I'm talking about.
> I was calling them "accidentals", but this word sounds stupid.  Birds
> are accidental because individuals fly long distances and get lost, but
> that isn't what I mean.  I mean, "Species that used to be found in this
> area, and conceivably might still be here, but probably aren't"  and
> "species that there are recent records of from very nearby, but none
> from here, as far as we know".
> Can anyone suggest a name for this category?  I have to call it something.
> The book is for laypeople, so the phrase doesn't have to be perfect,
> as long as it makes sense and isn't wrong.  Maybe "possibly-found species" ?
> Help.... (semantic vacuum here...)
> Thank you.
> Liz Day
> LDAY at
> Indianapolis, Indiana, central USA, 40 N latitude.
> (beware, they load slowly)

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