[Taxacom] "sp. nr." in name
barry_roth at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 17 16:32:24 CDT 2017
Particles such as "near" and "aff." run the risk of confusing similarity with phylogenetic relationship. For that reason I prefer "cf." which directs the reader to make the comparison and does not imply anything about ancestry.
> On Oct 17, 2017, at 1:01 PM, Guanyang Zhang <gyz151 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I've recently come across "sp. nr." in names. For example, Geolaelaps sp.
> nr. aculeifer (Canestrini) (Acari: Laelapidae) (Source
> This appears to be uncommon. In nearly all insect determination labels I've
> seen, if the identifier isn't sure about the identification, either nr. or
> cf. could be used, but without sp., which seems redundant. A colleague of
> mine argues that "sp." is needed to make the name binomial. Not sure if I
> see the point of doing that for species with doubtful identification. Any
> thoughts? Thanks.
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