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Re: Cladistic notation
the asterisks are to denote that the name is part of a bionem -
they are used to represent the italicisation of the name in ASCII text.
David Marjanovic and Jaime Headden use them, I think. Others (including
myself) tend to use the underscore character instead of the asterisk,
because the asterisk is sometimes used as a mutiplication character, and
underscore doesn't appear to be used for anything else. Also, the
underscore is less visually intrusive upon the conained text.
Like Colin, I use underscore characters to indicate a genus and/or species
name. The underscore has the additional advantage in that underscored words
are converted into italics by many wordprocessing programs.
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