What is "spp"?

Lori Bouck bouck at ocean.fsu.edu
Fri Dec 22 10:49:13 EST 1995

In article <DJx7wq.3zE at murdoch.acc.Virginia.EDU>,
mgk at darwin.clas.Virginia.EDU (Mahlon G. Kelly) wrote:

> 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.

It could also mean that the organism discussed in a paper has not been
described and given an "official" name.  The author of the paper may use
Staphylococcus spp. because he or she recognizes that the organism belongs
with Staphylococcus but is a new species.

Lori A. Bouck
bouck at ocean.fsu.edu

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