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Scientific nomenclature.

>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 15:24:26 -0800
>From: Dave Gomberg <gomberg at wcf_com>
>Subject: Re: Ameca splendens
>At 03:48 AM 12/21/01 -0500, tsuh yang chen wrote:
> >btw, a species name should never be capitalized (i.e., Ameca splendens, 
> >Ameca Splendens).
>This is actually quite a controversial point among scientific
>editors.   About 60% follow the rule above, about 40% don't.  Most of this
>minority are outside the US and UK.  But both are viewed as correct in most
>circles, with the specific name preferred uncapitalized.  PAM chose to go
>with the majority.   So does CK.

Actually, if you look at any European scientific journal or other journals 
from foreign countries as well as the U.S., almost all I've seen follow the 
rule of first capitalized and second not.  That's the general paradigm in 
the scientific community and one that was established in Europe very early 
on.  I have seen it with both capitalized and in my opinion detracts from 
the validity of the article.  In fact, a paper recently submitted by a 
scientist I know, came back with a correction on the spelling speicifically 
on the issue we've discussed here.  But, since we're here to talk about 
plants, this should be taken with a grain of salt.  We're just hobbyist and 
not publishing a paper.  Besides, I knew what kind of fish was being 
discussed and didn't care if both letters were capitalized.  No harm done 

Just my $0.02 worth.

Bailin Shaw
Senior Research Associate
eXegenics Inc.

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