nomenclature pet peeves?

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agent A

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am I the only one with pet peeves when it comes to how people talk about mantises?
here are mine:
1. When people CAPITALIZE THE SPECIES EPITHET
2. when, ON A BOARD THAT ALLOWS FOR ITALICS, latin names aren't italicised
3. the plural mantids, which TECHNICALLY is only for things in the Mantidae, is used for non-Mantidae species
4. L instead of i for instar. L is for larval instars, and mantises don't have larvae...
 

The Wolven

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All of these are understandable concerns. However, most people on this forum are not biology majors and just own mantises because they are interesting pets. I never actually understood why you italicized the Latin names but started doing it because I figured it was important. It is nice to now have the knowledge of these bullet points though and I will keep them in mind for the future.
 

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