Italic family name? - (May/11/2009 )
Im kind of confused, as far as i understand only genus and species name is italic, do we also italic family name or class name.. example Comamonadacea (family) and also Rubrobacteridae (class)?
thanks hope can shed some light to this confusion...
No, only genus and species need to be italicised.
Thanks , but some how my co supervisor was mentioning tht if its a family name it has to italic?
You got me thinking... I was taught, by a botanist who has named several species, that only species and genus names are italicised. However, the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and presumably the equivalent for zoological nomenclature state:
As in the previous edition, scientific names under the jurisdiction of the Code, irrespective of rank, are consistently printed in italic type. The Code sets no binding standard in this respect, as typography is a matter of editorial style and tradition not of nomenclature. Nevertheless, editors and authors, in the interest of international uniformity, may wish to consider adhering to the practice exemplified by the Code, which has been well received in general and is followed in a number of botanical and mycological journals. To set off scientific plant names even better, the abandonment in the Code of italics for technical terms and other words in Latin, traditional but inconsistent in early editions, has been maintained.