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Pseudopterorthochaetes Paulian (Scarabaeoidea,Ceratocanthidae)(22 letters). Regards, Alberto Ballerio

Pseudopityophthorus (19 letters) and Ips (3), both in the Scolytidae
Regards, Janet C. Ciegler

 Ja ana S.Ueno 1955,a blind carabid from Japan. Yasushi TAKAI

As, Slipinski 198? - Maciej Sapiejewski

a very short epithet (even in terms of millimeters ;-)) is: "ii" (Gotoblemus ii UENO, 1970 - a ground beetle from Japan) Best wishes, Wolfgang Lorenz, Tutzing,

Pseudopityophthorus minutissimus

In the Scolytinae is a very good one from North America with 31 letters (19 letters in the generic name). I think the longest Latin name for a beetle may be:

Notiocryptorrhynchus punctatocarinulatus

With 39 letters in the total name and 20 in the generic name. I think the longest generic name in use is:

Pseudotyrannochthonius octospinosus

A Pseudoscorpion, with 22 characters in the generic name; and the longest Latin binomial in use is:

Parastratiosphecomyia stratiosphecomyioides

A stratiomyid fly, with 42 letters in the full name.

B. Dybowski, however, in 1927 proposed the following name for a Lake Baikal amphipod:

Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus loricatobaicalensis

Which, with 50 letters, may be the longest scientific name ever proposed. This name was later invalidated by the ICZN.

Best wishes, Christopher Majka (a mere 16 characters)

My proposal for the shortest is Cis (Ciidae); a quite long generic name is Hoshihananomia (Mordellidae), but someone will sure present a longer one!
Boris Bueche, Germany


others name (not coleoptera) :

Bombacaceae Adansonia za Baill. in Bull. Soc. Linn. Par. 7. ii. (1890) 845 et Hist. pl. Madag. Atlas t. 79 C, 79D, 79 I. ("za" or "zabe" being the local vernacular name of this tree)
Paul van Rijckevorsel

The shortest scientific name of all belongs to a Chinese bat, Ia io.
Doug Yanega


I have found Brassosophrolaeliocattleya (26 characters) to be the longest generic name of plants.

I think the genus Io, a genus of the Asteraceae described recently by Bertil
Peter B. Phillipson, Paris

A quick look in IPNI confirms that "io" is a candidate: Orchidaceae Cypripedium × io Gard. Chron. (1886) i. 488. However, I would not call 1886 "recently"!
Paul van Rijckevorsel

see also the genus: Aa (Orchidaceae) Dr. Bruno Wallnöfer

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