Scientific Names

Have a look at our “Trees” page if you want to know a little more about how biologists name animals and plants.

Every species of animal and plant has a double-barrelled name. The first part of the name is the Genus and it always starts with an uppercase letter. The second part of the name is the specific name and that starts with a lower case letter. I f you see a name where the second part is “sp” or “spp” that means all the species in that Genus.

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