Correct. Proper taxonomic classification requires the use of both the genus and specific classification to compose the entire species name. The word "Catus" is NOT a species name by itself. To properly format a species name, both words should be italicized, but only the genus name should be capitalized.
lower-case and italicize Catus
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Incorrect. Review the online lesson material for the proper way to write a species name.
Question 1 of 2
add Felis, lower-case Catus, italicize both words
In the image, the SPECIES name for the domestic cat is incorrectly written as the word "Catus." Which changes are required to convert the word "Catus" into the species name for a domestic cat?
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The 2000 presidential election was only one example of what could happen in an unusual situation involving the Electoral College. This activity uses hypothetical situations to illustrate how the Electoral College can impact election outcomes.
Read each situation and determine election results in these “What If” situations.The Next button appears if you answer the question correctly.
italicize, but leave Catus capitalized
add Felis, leave Catus capitalized, italicize both words
Incorrect. The specific descriptor, americana, means nothing in isolation. Without the genus name included, the mother could have ordered any one of many different species with americana as the second half of their species name. In this case, Persea americana is an avocado tree, but the mother probably ordered Periplaneta americana, the American cockroach.
Correct. The specific descriptor, americana, means nothing in isolation. Without the genus name included, the mother could have ordered any one of many different species with americana as the second half of their species name. In this case, Persea americana is an avocado tree, but the mother probably ordered Periplaneta americana, the American cockroach.
Question 2 of 2
The daughter did not include the genus name as part of the species name.
The daughter is young and probably remembered the species name incorrectly.
A young girl asks her mother if they can grow an avocado tree in their backyard. The mother agrees to the idea, and asks her daughter if she knows the scientific name. The daughter tells her mother that she learned in school that the avocado tree comes from Central America, so they call it americana. The mother finds a store called "Flora and Fauna" that lists a species with americana in the name as in stock, but she can't get the sample picture to load. She orders a box of 10 americana, assuming that the small box described on the shipping page will contain avocado tree seeds. When the box arrives 5 days later, the mother and daughter open the box to discover 10 cockroaches inside. What went wrong?
The store's website was not working correctly, so they must be disorganized and sent the wrong product.