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This is because Catalogue of life is a database created and maintained via consulting other, more taxonomically narrow databases. This leads to propagation of the original inaccuracies and introduction of new ones during the process of data transfer. In the case of Pimpinella dioica, for example, the information was imported from the World Umbellifer ...


The pollex was a Roman length measurement, approximately equivalent to an inch. The pollex was also known as the uncia, which is where the word "inch" comes from. There were 12 unciae in a pes ...


"Caud." refers to the tail (lat: cauda) and, judging from the description, "poll." seems to be another word for inch. So the translation should be something like: Body length: 8 inches, tail length: 9 inches.

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