Monday, March 11, How to write scientific names correctly. Writing the scientific names of species sometimes also called Latin names , is not that complicated. Just follow these simple rules. Scientific species names are always italicized.
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Names of viruses the physical things you work with in the lab or that make you sick are written differently than the names of species and other taxa logical constructs that help us categorize viruses. A species name should not be abbreviated. Some host genus names may also be considered common nouns in English and can be written in lower case where they are not the first word of the species name. A virus name should never be italicized, even when it includes the name of a host species or genus, and should be written in lower case.
Last Updated: March 29, References. This article was co-authored by Bess Ruff, MA. She has conducted survey work for marine spatial planning projects in the Caribbean and provided research support as a graduate fellow for the Sustainable Fisheries Group. There are 10 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Experienced plantsmen can switch off now; others may like a brief introduction to the language of living things. Proper plant names are a real barrier for many, but I encourage you to think of them as any foreign language. A little knowledge goes a long way and helps understanding. Spending time using them builds the vocabulary and given enough practice you eventually become fluent. I was appallingly bad at German in school; mainly because I disliked he teacher.