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Tiny thin hoverfly

Observed: 7th July 2012 By: YashcaYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in Invertebrates
Tiny thin hoverfly
Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria sp)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
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Comments

ophrys's picture

sphaerophoria

If you added the ID without 'sp' (which is redundant, as Sphaerophoria on its own does the job), the picture would be added to the large number of other pics of female Sphaerophoria.

I shall never understand the need to add 'sp'!

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Taxonomy Talk :-)

Its semantic Ian - what gets grouped as pictures from an IT point of view could equally be Sphaerophoria sp The abbreviation "sp." is used when the actual specific name cannot or need not be specified. The abbreviation "spp." (plural) indicates "several species". These abbreviations are not italicised (or underlined)For example: "Canis sp." means "an unspecified species of the genus Canis", while "Canis spp." means "two or more species of the genus Canis".

We are talking about a standard operating procedure or accepted use which I personally take as (in its absense on i-spot) as

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature

I understand your point of view that listing as "Sphaerphoria" or "Sphaerphoria sp " gives the i-spot Carousel a headache . In my view stating Sphaerphoria sp means that it is an unspecified Hoverfly in the Genus Sphaerphoria and as you know females can not be identified to species

You say this is redundant ?? on what basis surely you mean not favoured by i-spot

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ophrys's picture

Abbr.

If you just say Sphaerophoria as an ID for a picture, then obviously it is a species within that genus, but you're not sure which. If everyone were to enter IDs like that, as the majority do on iSpot (and I have seen iSpot mentors say the same thing), then a good picture like this would get seen when other Sphaerophoria were added.

As it is, because of sp., this picture will barely ever come up, which seems a shame.

That's all I was saying.

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Hovers

No worries Ian Its still a Hover :-) LOL

Happy Snapping

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