shortest epithet

Doug Yanega dyanega at UCR.EDU
Thu Mar 4 09:15:51 CST 2004

>There is also a genus La in the crambid grass moths.
>Robin Leech

If you're opening the floor to zoological names, the longest and
shortest are on my web page (below), among other nomenclatural
oddities. The shortest scientific name of all belongs to a Chinese
bat, _Ia io_. Can't get any shorter than that.;-)


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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