What is "spp"?

Mahlon G. Kelly mgk at darwin.clas.Virginia.EDU
Thu Dec 21 00:14:50 EST 1995


s935537 at acs.csc.cuhk.hk  writes:
> Hi everyone,
> 
>      I have found some scientific names of organism end with "spp.".
>    For example, Staphylococcus spp. and Salmanella spp.
>    I wonder to know what they mean. Are the meaning of "spp." the same?
>  
>    Please help me.
> 
> Ricky Leung
> 
Spp usually is an English short-hand for "species". That is,
spp would usually mean that the species could be one of many.
Usually it means that the biologist is being lazy.
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University of Virginia
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