italicized latin names

Alan Harvey aharvey at AMNH.ORG
Thu Apr 4 09:28:17 CST 1996


I've been asked by our publications department (popular press) why generic
and specific scientific names are italicized/underlined, but not any of the
higher ranks.  To be truthful, I'd never really given it much thought.  The
Z-Code recommends this arrangement, but doesn't give the underlying
rationale.  Anyone know the story/history behind this (he asks, hoping the
answer's not pitifully obvious)?




Alan W. Harvey (aharvey at
Assistant Curator of Invertebrates
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5638; fax (212) 769-5783

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