What is a genus?

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Jul 6, 2018


A genus is a taxonomic group that is between the family and the species.


A genus consists of very closely related organisms called species, though some have only one species. All members of a species are in the same genus.

The first name in a binomial scientific name is the genus and it is always capitalized. The second name is the species name, which is never capitalized. An example is Canis lupus , the scientific name for the gray wolf, in which Canis is the genus and lupus is the species.