Etymology

These pages are devoted to the science, or art, of forming scientific names of Prokaryotes. Other aspects of nomenclature are treated elsewhere.

General Advice

LPSN advice on forming names:
Some papers about forming names freely available in IJSEM:

Discontinued Pages

The ancient LPSN page on three-letter codes for abbreviations of generic names is not going to be moved to the new system. Please see the archived version. The current LPSN authors opine that the usage of these abbreviations should be discontinued because they are not needed any more to save printing space. In fact, most journals (and readers) are switching from print publications to electronic publications.
The ancient LPSN pages on the etymology of genus and species names are not going to be moved as such to the new system. Please use the general search page instead for searching for name components, or see the archived versions of these pages: