[Taxacom] label abbreviation "dat."

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Fri May 12 14:17:25 CDT 2006

Maybe "det." determinavit, determined by. This is the usual form for
(re)identifications, "det. Revisionistsname, date"

Richard H. Zander
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-----Original Message-----
From: Spies, Martin [mailto:spies at zi.biologie.uni-muenchen.de] 
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 1:52 PM
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Subject: [Taxacom] label abbreviation "dat."

Please excuse the cross-posting.

A printed label on an entomological specimen from the beginning of the 
20th century reads "dat." followed by a person's last name (without any 
case ending) and a date (year).

Stearn's (2004) "Botanical Latin", fourth edition, offers a list of 
standard abbreviations including the entry "dat.-- datus: given".

 From the above, is it possible to decide whether the label indicates 
'given by' or 'given to' that person?

Thanks a lot for any comments.

Martin Spies
c/o Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen

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