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There are several rules to remember when writing scientific names; the two main rules are to write the name of a plant or organism with two names, a genus or generic name first, followed by an epithet or species name. Th... More »

The scientific name for the red wolf is Canis rufus. This wolf species was identified and classified in 1851, and it only exists in North Carolina and Canada. More »

Seagulls are in the family Laridae. Within the family Laridae, there are many different species of gulls, but they share similar physical and behavioral characteristics. More »

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When writing the scientific names for organisms, which are written in Latin, the name for the organism must contain two parts. The first part, genus name, is written in italics and is capitalized. The second part, epithe... More »

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