[Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Oct 8 21:42:25 CDT 2012

But is it an abbreviation??
On the one hand, it is shorthand for 'species'
On the other hand, there is no word with two 'p's in it which it abbreviates
Most (all?) abbreviations abbreviate without adding extra letters ...

From: Barry Roth <barry_roth at yahoo.com>
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I'm mildly surprised no one who is or has been a biological editor has spoken up on this.  When I was the editor-in-chief of a biological journal -- print media, full text, prose -- I would have insisted (and probably did, if it ever came up) on the presence of a period.  "Spp." is an abbreviation, not an acronym or a symbol (as in stock ticker symbols --CSCO, GM) and the governing rule in such cases is to add the dot.  In another context, one or another databasing lingo, maybe not so.  But I would hope that when output from such a system has to be converted to prose readable by ordinary folk, the dots would appear.
Full stop.

From: "Tony.Rees at csiro.au" <Tony.Rees at csiro.au>
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Sent: Monday, October 8, 2012 3:57 PM
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Hi Geoff,

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