What is meant by nomenclatuer?
- System of giving two names to an organism is called Binomial nomenclature. It is recognised all over the world.
- Carl Linnaeus gave a scientific naming system in which an organism is given two names.
- The first part is the generic name and the second part is the (specific) species name.
Conventions that are followed:
- It is conventional to write the first letter of the generic name with a capital and the first letter of the specific name with a small letter. Example: Felis domestica – common cat.
- Scientific names must be underlined separately when written by hand.
- In printed matter these names are printed in Italic and underlined when handwritten.
- Scientific names are followed and understood all over the world.
- Names are not changed according to country or language.
- Names are not changed often.