Lynn, in Eugene Simon's spider collection in Paris, which includes Chinese specimens collected by David, the exclamation point denotes the collector.  Cheers, Norm

Dr. Norman I. Platnick
Senior Scientist and
Peter J. Solomon Family Curator Emeritus of Spiders
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York NY 10024

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See the World Spider Catalog, version 15, at

See the goblin spider Planetary Biodiversity Inventory website, at

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Subject: question about exclamation mark

Folks any of you ever seen an exclamation mark used in species entries like below? This was a request from a librarian at Yale University to one of our librarians.


Hi All, I am looking at 1897 species accounts in LíAbeille journal líEntomologie out of Paris and seeing notation which I donít understand. Perhaps this means something to someone out there in library land. Note: Iíve asked around here to no avail.

Iím seeing this mark over and over again (for example):

L. (id.) coreanus Tschitsch. , 1895.

Environs nord de Pekin (A. David! 1865); Monpin (id., 1870); province Schen-si (id., 1875), Ö

I am wondering what the ! means. Do you know? Sometimes it appears after a personal name and sometimes after a place name.

Thanks for any information,