The basic rule for writing a scientific name
- Use both genus and species name: Felis catus.
- Italicize the whole name.
- Capitalize only the genus name.
What is the proper way to write bacterial names?
When referring to a bacterium in a paper, the writer should underline or italicize the names in the text. After writing the complete name of a microorganism in the first mention, the genus name can be shortened to just the capital letter. For example, Moraxella bovis can be written M. bovis.
How do you name a species?
Binomial nomenclature (“two-term naming system”), also called binominal nomenclature (“two-name naming system”) or binary nomenclature, is a formal system of naming species of living things by giving each a name composed of two parts, both of which use Latin grammatical forms, although they can be based on words from
What is the proper scientific way to refer to species?
Officially, “binominal” refers to two-part animal names, and “binomial” refers to two-part plant names. We hope that today’s editing tip has clarified several conventions in the scientific naming of species. As always, please email us at AskAnExpert@aje.com with any comments or questions.