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

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.