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.
Associate Professor (Emeritus)
University of Virginia
mgk at darwin.clas.virginia.edu

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