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Genus (Taxonomy)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for natural science collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the scientific name of the genus to which the specimen has been assigned.


  • For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names as necessary.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name; do not use abbreviations.

    Genus Galbalcyrhynchus
      Species leucotis
  2. In accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature, the first letter of the taxon is upper case.

      Discipline botany
     Family Pinaceae
    Genus Pinus
  3. Do not use the word "genus" before the name of the genus.

    Genus Ambrosia
     and not 
     Genus genus Ambrosia
  4. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name.
  5. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec