nomen dubium

nomen du·bi·um

noun \-ˈdü-bē-əm, -ˈdyü-\
plural nomina du·bia \-bē-ə\

Definition of NOMEN DUBIUM

:  a taxonomic name that cannot be assigned with certainty to any taxonomic group because the description is insufficient for identification and the original specimens no longer exist


New Latin, doubtful name
First Known Use: 1937


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