[Taxacom] [iczn-list] label abbreviation "dat."

Denis Brothers Brothers at ukzn.ac.za
Sat May 13 04:36:07 CDT 2006

I would interpret it as "donated by". That would be useful information,
but "donated/given to" does not mean anything useful.


>>> spies at zi.biologie.uni-muenchen.de 2006/05/12 08:52 PM >>>
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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