Zoology / identification

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  1. I noticed that the common names of species/families/orders etc. are not capitalized consistently. For multi-word names, some of them have each word capitalized, and some of them have only the first word capitalized. Is there a standard we should be trying to follow for this? (I'm sure Wikipedia is completely inconsistent.) I am used to the convention that each word should be capitalized, but only the first part of a hyphenated word should be capitalized, e.g. "Blue-eyed Fish-eating Butterfly", so if left to my own devices I would tend to change names to match this convention. Replied 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
  2. That's a different convention than the one I'm used to. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer; I'm not even sure if there is much of a consensus among taxonomists or systematists. For example, http://www.thebirdist.com/2013/07/a-word-on-capitalization-of-bird-names.html Replied 3 years ago
  3. I think we should at least have the first word of the common name capitalized. As for subsequent words, I'm indifferent about it. If we consider this important and have a consensus on a standard, I can implement it. Replied 3 years ago
  4. I don't feel strongly about it either, was mostly just wondering if there was some existing standard that we were trying to follow. I will just keep using the capitalization style I'm used to unless we decide to settle on something else. Replied 3 years ago

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