Thread subject: :: What does cf. mean in a taxon?

Posted by pierred on 15-04-2006 09:22


While browsing the gallery, I saw Gerard Pennards's Anthomia pluvialis pictures. The taxon is written "Anthomia cf. pluvialis". What does this "cf." exactly mean? Probably? Rather quite sure but not 100%?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Posted by Date on 15-04-2006 20:51


Cf. stands for Confer or conferatur. English translation would be something like "to be compared with". It means that the speciesname could not be found, but that it must be very similar to (or maybe even is), in this case, pluvialis. There are many species in this genus that are all very similar. Without microscopic investigation it is not possible to identify a single specimen.



Posted by pierred on 16-04-2006 05:24


Thanks for your answer.

I knew the meaning of cf. in general. I was just questionning the use of cf. in a taxon.

Posted by crex on 08-06-2006 10:59

Ah, found out about cf. ... Perhaps this explanation could be included in the glossary?

Posted by Paul Beuk on 08-06-2006 11:03

It was submitted for the Glossary but not yet included. See: cf.