I am currently writing a novel with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy setting.

So my question is that, I have one creature that is a cosmic beast with a species name "crossiax." Should I capitalize it as "Crossiax" or just left it as "crossiax"? Since it's a species name, I read that I must keep it lowercase.
And one more, I named a sub-species of slime as "Pyro Slime," should I capitalize it? It's the same as when a wolf have a horn and have their own species name as "Lone Horn Wolf."
I read a few novels (light novels mostly) and find out that they are rather inconsistent. Sometimes capitalized, sometimes not. Like when a dragon was a rare subspecies of its kind and is a "Red Dragon" or something along that line.

Thank you in advance.

  • What is "a special species"? Surely Gold Dragon is the name or title of the creature. That's why it is capitalized. Sep 16, 2021 at 15:02
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    We don't capitalize the names of species, except if we're using the Latin genus-species nomenclature (like Tyranosaurus rex). If you want to do it for your fantasy novel, you're the author, but why do you want to do this? Are you aiming your novel at D&D players, who do do this? Sep 16, 2021 at 15:18
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    How do you capitalize a creature? You can only capitalize names of creatures...In a fictional setting, you can do whatever you want.
    – Lambie
    Sep 16, 2021 at 15:30
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    This is a style question more appropriate for a fiction forum. Sep 16, 2021 at 16:23
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    Why? These authors may be D&D players, and have picked up this bad (my opinion) habit from the game. Sep 16, 2021 at 17:46


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