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

Pedro Viana vianapl at yahoo.com.br
Wed Oct 10 14:43:52 CDT 2012

Hi all,

Concerning the use of "cf." and other abbreviations of latin terms:
 never know if it should be italicized, as the genus and species 
epithets. Although it is not in most of published species list, I was 
wondering if it should be italicized, since it comes from latin...
junst wondering

Pedro Viana

 De: "Boyle, Bradley L - (bboyle)" <bboyle at email.arizona.edu>
Para: "<taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Enviadas: Quarta-feira, 10 de Outubro de 2012 16:18
Assunto: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?
Hi Tony,

"cf." is an abbreviation for "confer" and therefore takes a period. See: W.T. Stern, Botanical Latin (Chap. XXVI, "Symbols and Abbreviations").

Unless of course your editorial policy and/or particular flavo(u)r of English allows abbreviations without periods....


On Oct 10, 2012, at 10:00 AM, <taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
<taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:18:48 +1100
> From: <Tony.Rees at csiro.au>
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?
> To: <sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com>, <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
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> Thanks to all who responded on this interesting (?) thread. These responses have been summarised to the responsible CAAB editors who have agreed to standardise on "spp." for this purpose. The power of the taxacom list is thus once again demonstrated to all.
> Still awaiting significant deliberations regarding a potential change from "cf" to "cf.", however...
> Regards - Tony


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