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When using the latin nomenclature for a fish in printed materials (such as Sander vitreus for walleye), what is the correct capitalization of each word?

In this example, should 'S' be uppercase only, or both 'S' and 'V' be upper/lower case?

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The correct latin nomenclature is Sander vitreus, with the genus capitalized and the species name in lowercase. This is known as binomial nomenclature.

Carl Linnaeus chose to use a two-word naming system [...] binomial nomenclature scheme, using only the genus name and the specific name or epithet which together form the whole name of the species. For example, humans belong to genus Homo and their specific name is sapiens. The first letter of the first name, the genus, is always capitalized, while that of the second is not, even when derived from a proper noun such as the name of a person or place.

Some scientific naming conventions:

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Classification example (for Homo sapiens):

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Adding to it: If you abbreviate the name its the genus which is shortened. In this case it would be S.vitreus. –  Chris May 1 at 18:15
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Awesome -- thank you both SO much for the quick and thorough responses! –  Sbechet May 1 at 20:16
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@Sbechet When you like the answer (and it answers your question) you can upvote it and also accept it. This way the person who answered it get the reputation credit for it and it is a nice way of saying thank you on the Stackexchange network. –  Chris May 1 at 22:04

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