[Ads-l] Mojo in science. Latin continues to expand its vocabulary.

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Thu Apr 1 01:49:34 UTC 2021

On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 4:06 PM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

> I *think* it's simply "new spcecies" ...? "sp." in taxonomy is the
> abbreviation for species.

This is my understanding as well. See:

There's a ton of these little conventions in biological taxonomy. I usually
only encounter *sp. *alone (as in *Picea sp. *or *Salix sp.) *meaning any
species of the genus (that is, any kind of spruce or willow).


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