species name

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species name (plural species names)

  1. (biology, taxonomy) A scientific name at the rank of species, with two terms: the generic name (or generic epithet, the genus of the species) and the specific name (a term used only in zoology, never in botany, for the second part of a binomial) or the specific epithet (the term always used in botany, which can also be used in zoology).

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The scientific name of a species is typeset in italics, the genus name (alone) having an inital capital letter (the specific epithet is not capitalized); for example the scientific name of the lion is Panthera leo.

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