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

Mark WIlden mark at mwilden.com
Wed Oct 10 15:25:35 CDT 2012



It would be pedantic, in my opinion. I would argue that those terms have entered the English language (they're in the dictionary).

I do still italicize Latin terms that have not entered English, like incertae sedis and nomen nudum.

On Oct 10, 2012, at 12:43 PM, Pedro Viana <vianapl at yahoo.com.br> wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> Concerning the use of "cf." and other abbreviations of latin terms:
> I
> 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....
>> 
>> Brad
>> 
>> 
>> 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>
>>> Message-ID:
>>>    <C2994967ABB5D54BB013821E4ABA60E105E6C908B2 at exvic-mbx03.nexus.csiro.au>
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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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