Confirmation or full ID please.
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What does the cf in the middle of the name mean? Some nice caddis images!
Many thanks for your kind words.
In brief it means compare. Full definition from, "Wikipedia the free encyclopedia":
cf. is translated, and can be read aloud, as "compare". It is an abbreviation for the Latin word confer, literally meaning "bring together", and is used to refer to other material or ideas which may provide similar or different information or arguments. It is mainly used in scholarly contexts such as in academic articles (mainly humanities, physics, chemistry, and biology) or legal texts. It is the imperative singular form of the Latin verb conferre. What it implies in this instance is; it is thought it might be this species but it needs to be compared to a positively ID'ed one.
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Thanks for this Mick,
I think the cf might inhibit the linking of the observation to others of the same species within iSpot. I could be wrong, but I dont think iSpot will recognise the species name when the cf is in there. If theres any doubt over the species then it is probably better just to indicate so with the right level of confidence selected as you have indicated with 'it might be this'.
I agree with you on the species, it certainly looks good for A. nervosa to me but I am only getting to grips with a broader range of caddis (including this one) in the past year since better reference material became available. So wait for further feedback to confirm the species.
In addition Mick,
It wont apply in this case because iSpot doesnt seen to offer an NBN map link nor 'Encyclopedia of Life' link for Anabolia nervosa, probably because there are none available, but having the cf in the name would also prevent iSpot recognising the name and subsequently providing both NBN map and encyclopedia for the species as it does with all but the most obscure species. A nervosa is an example of a species which you dont get this information provided for.
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