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aff.

aff. is a sign in Open Nomenclature indicating that the specimen(s) is considered a new, previously described species or subspecies. (BENGTSON, P. 1988. Open nomenclature. Palaeontology 31:223–227)

cf.

cf. stands for "confer" which means 'compare to'. This differs from aff. in that cf. indicates that the determination is uncertain or determination is provisional. (BENGTSON, P. 1988. Open nomenclature. Palaeontology 31:223–227)

Dystocia

Dystocia occurs when a female cannot pass the mature eggs formed in her reproductive system.

percutaneous

transdermal: through the unbroken skin; refers to medications applied directly to the skin (creams or ointments) or in time-release forms (skin patches); "transdermal estrogen"; "percutaneous absorption"

RH

RH is an abbreviation for "Relative Humidity". Relative humidity is a term used to describe the amount of water vapor that exists in a gaseous mixture of air and water vapor.

sp.

sp. (and ssp.) indicates that the specimen cannot be related to any established species (r subspecies) or that the specific identification has not (yet) been attempted. (BENGTSON, P. 1988. Open nomenclature. Palaeontology 31:223–227)

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