Wordplay: Alphabetical Order
Aa Baker, 1940 (mollusk)
Aa Reichenbach f., 1854 (orchid)
Aaaaba Bellamy, 2013 (buprestid beetle)
When first described in 1864, the genus was named Alcinous, but
that proved to be a junior homonym of pycnogonid genus. Charles
Bellamy gave it the replacement name Aaaba
in 2002, but that name also was already taken by a sponge:
Aaaba de Laubenfels, 1936.
Aaadonta Solem, 1976 (endodontoid snail)
Aaages Barovksii, 1926 (coccinellid)
Aaata Semenov, 1906 (buprestid), de Laubenfels,
Cavaticovelia aaa Gagne, 1975 (Hawaiian troglobitic
mesoveliid) Described first as Speovelia aaa. Aaa is the
Hawaiian word for lava tube. [Gagne & Howarth 1975, Pacific
Insects 16(4):399-413]; moved to new genus by Polhemus?
Ada aa (orchid)
Aloe aageodonta Newton, 1993 (African
Quercus aata Muller (Central American
Zyzyxia (H. Robinson) Strother, 1991
(Asteraceae shrub) See also its entry under
Zyzzyva Casey, 1922 (tropical American weevil)
Zyzzyx Pate, 1937 (wasp)
Zyzzyxdonta Solem, 1976 (endodontoid snail) with
characters the extreme opposite of Aaadonta.
Zyzzyzus Stechow, 1921 (Coelenterata)
Apolysis zzyzxensis Evenhuis, 1985
(bombyliid fly) Named
for the Desert
on Zzyzx Road, California.
Dikkops (South African burhinid bird) letters in
Aegilops Hall, 1850 (mollusk; also a grass) The longest
word with all its letters in alphabetical order.
chimps, sponge - Common words with letters in
alphabetical and reverse-alphabetical order.
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