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spe·cif·ic ep·i·thet

in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the generic name and the specific epithet.
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specific epithet

The uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun that follows a capitalized genus name in binomial nomenclature and serves to distinguish a species from others in the same genus, as saccharum in Acer saccharum (sugar maple). Also called trivial name.
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Etymology.--The specific epithet is a noun in apposition, in reference to the distribution of this species in the 'kwongan' Banksia heathlands of south-western Australia's northern sandplains.
Yabuuchi, "Recognition of nomenclatural standing of Salmonella typhi (Approved Lists 1980), Salmonella enteritidis (Approved Lists 1980) and Salmonella typhimurium (Approved Lists 1980), and conservation of the specific epithets enteritidis and typhimurium.
Specific epithet derived from the name of type locality, Barra de Navidad.
The specific epithet is a reference to the intense blue coloration and strongly rugose integumental sculpturing of the species.
Photorhabdus asymbiotica has been shown to be a nematode symbiont; the specific epithet is a misnomer.
Native to the prairies, the American highbush cranberry forms a large shrub (1-4 m width x 3 to 4 m ht.) with attractive three-lobed foliage (hence the specific epithet "trilobum").
Eponymy: The specific epithet is for Georg Rumphius, who first
The genetic name Trigonella, we are told, derives from the triangular shape of the small yellowish--white flowers, while the specific epithet means "Greek hay", given by the Romans who got the plant from Greece, where it was a very common crop in ancient times.
No plant hunter has more plant families named after him, the specific epithet forestii incorporated into the identification labels on hundreds of thousands of plants in garden centres all over the world.
The specific epithet means lady-fern, referring to its delicate and lacy appearance.
Traditional binomial names, if used, would no longer reflect a genus and specific epithet and could be replaced with uninomials.

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