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Species Examples

Examples of common and scientific names of living things, which could be marked up with a "species" (or similar) microformat. Note use of matching pairs of examples, where possible.



Black-tailed Godwit on West Midland Bird Club's Ladywalk reserve latest news page

<b class="bird">Black-tailed Godwit</b>

Limosa limosa on West Midland Bird Club's county lists'

<td>Limosa limosa</td>


Wolf on International Wolf Center

Canis lupus on NPS.gov


Northern pike on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Esox lucius on Pike & Zander


Death’s Head Hawkmoth on Animal Teachers

Acherontia atropos on UK Moths


Bog Pimpernel on Map Reading's Wildflower Images

Anagallis tenella on BioImages


Amanita muscaria on California Funghi

Fly Agaric on Trees for Life

More than binomials


Pica pica Linnaeus, (1758) on Wikpedia

(i.e. named by Linnaeus in 1758)

Unsepcified species

Podiceps sp. on Bird Life

<i>Podiceps</i> sp.



Larus glaucoides kumlieni on BirdGuides

Kumlien's Gull on Birds Ireland


Pisum sativum L. subsp. sativum on [1] (also has other examples; note lack of required italics)

<b>Pisum sativum</b> L. subsp. <b>sativum</b>

Cultivars (plant)

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Aureomarginata' on Wikipedia

<dd><i>Chamaecyparis lawsoniana</i> 'Aureomarginata'</dd>

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Wonder' on plantago.nl

Cultivar groups (plant)

Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group on Wikipedia

Trade names (plant)

Rosa Peace on Wikipedia

("Peace" is a trade designation or "selling name" for the cultivar R. 'Madame A. Meilland' and should therefore be printed in a different typeface from the rest of the name, without any quote marks)

Sunflower 'Giant Single' on Johnsons Seeds

Sunflower 'Infrared' F1 on Johnsons Seeds

(Note "F1" cross designation)

Variety (plant)

Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon on Dave's Garden

Sub-variety (plant)

Betula ermani var. genuina subvar. brevidentata on National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, Gloucestershire Group (plus many other examples)

Form (plant)

Acanthocalycium spiniflorum f. klimpelianum aka Acanthocalycium spiniflorum forma klimpelianum on Wikipedia

Sense (plant)

Ranunculus aquatilis s.l. and R. aquatilis s.s; on Blithfield Reservoir: Survey of Flowering Plants... (see also footnotes on that page)

Cross (plant)

Digitalis x mertonensis on Hortax

The hybrid name for all plants derived from the cross between D. purpurea and D. grandiflora. The "x" indicates the hybrid status.

× Fatshedera lizei on Scientific Plant Names, Oregon State Univ., Landscape Plants

Strain (bacteria)

Escherichia coli O157:H7 on FDA.gov

E.Coli on BBC news


Superseded names

Tringa bartramia superseded by Bartramia longicauda on West Midland Bird Club's Upland Sandpiper article

Quantitative evidence

For evidence of quantitative, rather than qualitative, use of species' and other taxonomic names, see [2] and [3]. Furthermore:

  • ARKive - 2000 species ("It is ARKive's current aim to compile audio-visual records, where such media exists, for the 15,000-plus species currently threatened with extinction, according to the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.")


See also