Candida spp. what does spp. mean?

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As the title says: what does spp. mean in names such as Candida spp.?

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sp = specie
spp - species

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Originally posted by nautica
sp = specie
spp - species

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*smily that is raising an eyebrow* are you sure?? species should = sps :P

This is what I just found: C. albicans and related species (spp.) so maybe the second p. stands for 'and related' in latin?
 
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Originally posted by Monique
*smily that is raising an eyebrow* are you sure?? species should = sps :P

This is what I just found: C. albicans and related species (spp.) so maybe the second p. stands for 'and related' in latin?

I don't know anything about biology lingo, but p=page and pp=pages.

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oh what a wonderfull world of logic sppecies it is :P
 
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As I have already stated once, spp refers to more than one species.

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I was just questioning the logic behind it :)
 
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The logic is the species ends with an "s", so to speak of more than one group of species, they use a "p".

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p=plural?
 
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that must be it!
 
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But the answer is not complete!!

page = p
pages = pp

the second p does not stand for plural :frown: apparently you just repeat the last letter if it is plural :)

Why is the abbreviation for Estados Unidos written EE. UU. instead of simply E.U.?

The double E and double U indicate that the letter represents a plural. Some other common Spanish abbreviations, among them FF. AA. for Fuerzas Armadas (Armed Forces) and AA. EE. for Asuntos Exteriores (Foreign Affairs), do the same thing. (Also in common use are the abbreviations without the spaces and/or periods, such as EEUU, FFAA and AAEE.)

We do the same thing in English in a few cases. For example, the abbreviation for "page" is "p.," while for "pages" it's "pp." (The same abbreviations are used in Spanish for página and páginas.) And the abbreviation for "manuscript" is "MS" or "ms," while in the plural it's "MSS" or "mss."

You will in Spanish occasionally see the abbreviations EUA (for Estados Unidos de América) and even USA used, but much less commonly than EE. UU. and its variations.
 

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