(Why > two p's?) Many species of fish are endangered by overfishing. In both the original Latin and in English “species” is the spelling of both the singular and plural forms. – bamboo Oct 4 '13 at 11:56 an abbreviation of the plural of "species"? IPA (): /ˈspiːʃi/; Etymology 1 []. can be applied to any genus. is the plural form used in place of species name, when its identity is not clear. Species is plural for a reason - it is rare for 'species' to refer to only a singular variety of animal or plant, so further subdivision can be achieved by giving the varietal name, so in a flora example, Jasminum humile (species) 'Revolutum' (variety). Species definition, a class of individuals having some common characteristics or qualities; distinct sort or kind. Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie. See more. Similar rules apply to animal species. 'Genus' is the singular, and 'genera' is the plural form of the word. or spp. Species is the same in singular in plural. Originally in the phrase in specie; from Latin speciē, ablative singular of species.Compare payment in kind.. Noun []. When printing the scientific name of an organism, the name is always in italic. In biology, sp. How to use species in a sentence. 1 fish; 2 fish (NOT 2 fishes); Some example sentences: I caught three fish yesterday down at the wharf. BUY THE BOOK! Back to list of errors . is the abbreviation of species when used as singular and spp. The -s ending might make think it is plural, but it comes from Latin (a fifth declension noun), and had identical singular and plural in that language. When referring to more than one species of fish, especially in a scientific context, you can use fishes as the plural. but: boy – boys / toy - toys / bay - bays Nouns ending with ch, x, s, sh, o----> es We form the plural of a noun with the singular + s. parrot – parrots / apple – apples / girl – girls. is "pages" in the plural. Nouns ending with y if a consonant is written before. (plural species) jump to other results a group into which animals, plants, etc. Amphiprion ocellaris is one species of clownfish. A name of species has two parts, with the genus first. (caught is the past tense of catch)I bought some fish for my aquarium. There are probably other examples. lolly – lollies / story – stories / strawberry – strawberries. (No -es at the end). Specie is a technical term referring to the physical form of money, particularly coins. What is the plural of Fish?. Sp. > Question: Why is "spp." I don't know why, but this convention is also used for other abbreviations. For example, p. is the abbreviation for "page" in the singular while pp. As with other taxa, the plural is different from other English words because it is a Latin word. And, finally, some words that end in S don’t change at all—the plural of “species” is “species.” How to pluralize names ending in S My last name is Jones, so I get it. Do you say fish or fishes?. English [] Pronunciation []. 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