Processing, please wait...
It was processed successfully!
It was processed successfully!
Login Create Free Account
Create Free Account

Scientific Name Definition

A scientific name consists of an organism's genus and species. For example, humans are *Homo sapiens*.

View Lesson on Classification of Living Things
Grades 6-8 VideoClassification of Living Things player orange
Preview Only
Oops! It looks like your security settings are blocking this video 🙁

If you are on a school computer or network, ask your tech person to whitelist these URLs:
*.wistia.com, fast.wistia.com, fast.wistia.net, embedwistia-a.akamaihd.net

Sometimes a simple refresh solves this issue. If you need further help, contact us.


Classification of Living Things

Fun Facts

  • Scientific names use Lati, which was considered the language of science when the system was set up hundreds of years ago.
  • We need scientific names because every language has a different name for the same organism.
  • Dogs are scientifically named Canis familiaris.

Why Do We Need To Know About Scientific Name

Learning scientific names helps us speak the same biology language everywhere in the world. It makes sure everyone knows exactly which creature or plant we’re talking about, no matter where they are. This is important for sharing research, saving animals and plants, and figuring out diseases in medicine.

This way of naming things isn’t just for school; it’s used by doctors to find out what’s making someone sick, and by scientists working to protect animals and plants. It helps us understand and study all the different forms of life, from tiny bugs to the big, mysterious ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is taxonomy?
Taxonomy is the science of naming and classifying organisms into groups based on shared traits.
What are the eight levels of organization used for classifying all living things?
Domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species
What trait is used to classify bacteria as their own domain?
Bacteria are single-celled organisms without a nucleus. Other single-celled organisms with a nucleus are classified as eukaryotes.
Explore More Science Topics
We’ve sent you an email with instructions how to reset your password.
Choose Your Free Trial Period
3 Days

3 days to access to all of our teaching resources for free.

Continue to Lessons
30 Days

Get 30 days free by inviting other teachers to try it too.

Share with Teachers
Get 30 Days Free
By inviting 4 other teachers to try it too.
4 required

*only school emails accepted.

Skip, I will use a 3 day free trial

Thank You!

Enjoy your free 30 days trial