sp. nov.

lucgbulot@aol.com lucgbulot@aol.com
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 09:11:38 PDT
Dear Mary Sue,

sp. nov. means species nova (new species)... when an author uses it without giving a formal name it usualy means that the material at his disposal suggests that the species is a new one but is not sufficient to create the new species and typified it...

I have done that myself at many occasions in the fossil world... It can happen that in the same publication a series of specimens can be refered as sp. nov. A, B, C, or 1, 2, 3. In any case it means that the specimens pends a more dedicated study...

Hope it helps,


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