Aceraceae (maples) and
Acledra Signoret 1864 (pentatomid bug),
Clerada Sign. 1862 (lygaeid bug),
Eldarca Sign. 1864 (coreid bug),
Erlacda Sign. 1864 (rhyparochromid bug),
Racelda Sign. 1863 (reduviid bug), and
Dalcera Sign. 1864 (coreid bug; named
changed to Dersagrena Kirkaldy 1904 because it was a junior
synonym of the moth Dalcera Herrich-Schäffer, 1854).
Signoret does not give etymologies for these names.
[See Faúndez and Verdejo, 2009, Zootaxa 2147:
Adajinoperus Serov & Wilson, 1999 and
Pseudojanira Barnard, 1925 (Pseudojanirid
Lachemilla (both lady's mantles)
Aristida L. and
Sartidia (both reeds)
Arixenia Jordan, 1909 and
Xeniaria Maa, 1974 (earwigs)
Asio otus (long-eared owl) and Otus
asio (eastern screech owl) The latter, however, was revised to
Megascops asio in 2003.
Bombacaceae (kapok) and
Cabombaceae (water plant). The type genera are
Bombax and Cabomba, so the anagram was
Chironia L., 1753 and
Ornichia Klak., 1986 (both
Coeloptera Turner, 1945 (genus of moth) and
Coleoptera (beetle order)
Conilera, Lironeca, Nerocila,
Olencira and Rocinela Leach, 1818
(isopods) All anagrams of Caroline, W.E. Leach's wife.
(Lironeca was later rejected in favor of Livoneca Leach
1818.) Others later added
Renocila Miers, 1880,
Creniola Bruce, 1987,
Norileca Bruce, 1990.
Anilocra and Cirolana Leach 1818,
Alcirona Hansen, 1890,
Lanocira Hansen, 1890, and
Orcilana Nierstrasz, 1931
are anagrams of Carolina, Leach's mistress. (Orcilana is a
junior synonym of Argathona Stebbing, 1905.)
Dacelo Leach, 1815 (kingfisher) and
Lacedo (pulchella) (kingfisher) Both named after
Alcedo Linnaeus 1758 (another kingfisher)
Daption Stephens, 1826 (Pintado petrel)
Dasytes Paykull, 1798 and
Sydates Casey, 1895 (both dasytid beetles). Also
Adasytes Casey, 1895 and Asydates Casey,
Dawsonia (R. Brown, 1811) (a moss), and
Sawdonia (early vascular plant, now
extinct). I do not know the etymology of Sawdonia; the anagram
may be coincidence.
Denmoza (in Argentina, genus of Cactaceae)
anagram of Mendoza.
Dorsilopha Sturtevant, 1942,
Lordiphosa Basden, 1961,
Phloridosa Sturtevant, 1942,
Psilodorha Okada, 1968, and
Siphlodora Patterson & Mainland, 1944 (flies)
All subgenera of, and anagrams of, Drosophila.
Dulcimanna Jell & Duncan, 1986 (fossil
mayfly) "An anagram for Mrs Ilma Duncan, for her support during many
years of collecting."
Eleotris Bloch and Schneider, 1801 and
Erotelis (both sleeper fish)
Eratigena Bolzern, Burckhardt & Haenggi,
2013 was moved from and anagrammed from
Tegenaria Latreille, 1804
Filago Linnaeus 1753, followed by
Gifola, Ifloga, and Logfia Cassini, 1819,
Oglifa Cassini, 1822, and finally
Lifago Schweinfurth & Muschler, 1911
Galphimia , in the same family as
Malpighia (acerola, a sub-tropical
Galypola Nieuwl., 1914 and
Polygala L., both members of family
Polygalaceae, the milkworts.
Guamatela Donn.-Smith, 1914 (genus of
Rosaceae) anagram of Guatemala.
Kalanchoe mitejea Leblanc & Hamet, 1913
(African plant) Published jointly by French botanist Prof. Raymond
Hamet and his friend Miss Alice Leblanc; the epithet is an anagram of
"je t'aime" ("I love you").
Taxila (nemeobiid butterflies)
Legenere (named for Berkeley botanist
E. L. Greene)
Leymus Named after Elymus
Lobivia (a cactus from Bolivia) (The genus is no longer
in use, having been split between Echinopsis and
Lomandra (mat-rush), and
Romnalda (both Xanthorrhoeaceae).
Semomesia (nemeobiid butterflies)
Mila Britton & Rose, 1922 (S. American cactus)
Plants grow near the city of Lima.
Milax Gray, 1855 (mollusk) Named after
Limax, another mollusk (Linaeus
1758, Martyn 1784, or Ferussac 1819)
Lanopis Signoret 1863,
Nopalis Sign. 1863,
Planois Sign. 1863,
Sinopla Sign. 1864,
Sniploa Sign. 1863 (all shield bugs).
Presumably anagrams of [Maximilian] Spinola, an Italian entomologist.
[See Faúndez, E., Boletín Sociedad
Entomológica Aragonesa 44 (2009): 553.]
Momedossa Hessler, 1970 (Isopoda:
Desmosomatidae) Anagram of Desmosoma Sars,
Nessiteras rhombopteryx (Loch Ness monster) Coined by
naturalist Sir Peter Scott [in a letter to Nature, 1/15/1979].
Literally, it means "Ness monster with rhomboidal fin". Nicholas
Fairbairn noted that it is also an anagram for "Monster hoax by Sir
Peter S." Dr. Robert Rines, co-author of the name and obtainer of two
possible underwater photographs of Nessie, shot back with his own
anagram: "Yes, both pix are Monsters R."
Norysca (Clusiaceae) anagram from the related
Hypericum ascyron, great Saint John's wort.
Palenochtha Simpson, and
Talpohenach Kay and Cartmill, 1977 (all
plesiadapiforms, fossil stem-group primates) Palaechthon means
"ancient native." George Gaylord Simpson created a meaningless anagram
to name its relative Palenochtha. Kay and Cartmill's names for a
third relative, besides being another anagram, is Welsh for "fragment of
an ancient lineage."
Palinurus Weber, 1795 (spiny lobster),
Linuparus (spiny lobster),
Panilurus (rock lobster), and
Palurinus (prawn) In Roman mythology,
Palinurus was Aeneas's helmsman.
Pseudorhabdosynochus justinei Zeng & Yang,
P. enitsuji Neifar & Euzet, 2007
(diplectanid platyhelminths) Both teams, at the same time, wanted to
name a new species after parasitologist Jean-Lou Justine. Note that
"enitsuji" is simply "justine" reversed, plus an "i".
Ptinus, Niptus, and Tipnus
Cyperus, both members of Cyperaceae.
Rabilimis mirabilis (Brady, 1868)
Veeresia (flowering plants,
Retama raetam (Forssk.) Webb &
Berthel. (legume broom)
Rhamphosternarchus Günther, 1870 and
Sternarchorhamphus Eignemann & Ward, 1905 (both
Saniba sabina (Plötz, 1882) (skipper)
This species was originally known as Hesperia sabina, and when
it was moved to its own genus, the name suggested was Sabina
sabina, but Sabina was already a genus of polychaete worm,
so Mielke & Casagrande named the genus with an anagram.
Selmes (fossil mousebird) One of many
fossils found in the Messel pit, a German shale quarry.
Lesmesodon (a small creodont mammal)
also derives part of its name from an anagram of "Messel."
Solubea Bergroth, 1891 (bug) For Oebalus
Stal 1862, which was a junior homonym.
Tuctoria named after Orcuttia (both
Ubochea Baill. (1891) named after
Bouchea Cham. (1790) (both
Zacateza named after
Tacazzea (both Apocynaceae)
Ethegotherium Simpson and
Hegetotherium (South American fossil
mammals, hegetotheriid notoungulates)
Eutatus and Utaetus
Ameghino (S. American fossil armadillos),
Macrauchenia and Cramauchenia
Ameghino (S. American ungulates),
Toxodon and Xotodon Ameghino.
(S. American fossil perissodactyls) Florentino Ameghino was an
Argentinian paleontologist; the genus Florentinoameghinia (a
lower Eocene mammal) was named after him, as is an Argentine
paleontology journal, Ameghiniana.
Venada advena Mabille, 1889,
Venada nevada (Burns, 2005)
(skippers) All are native to Central America.
megachiropteran / cinematographer (15 letters) and
Marsipobranchiata / basiparachromatin (17 letters)
- Longest well-mixed anagrams. Megachiropteran = fruit bat;
Marsipobranchiata = lampreys and hagfish;
basiparachromatin = part of cell nucleus.
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