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Today's blog has long as its I was trying to answer the question, what is the longest name of any living organism?

Go on have a guess? How many letters? Answer at the end of the blog.

In Hong Kong we have the wonderful longhorn beetles.

And the long-tailed shrike.

Not forgetting the long-banded silverline butterfly.

But, in answer to my question, the longest scientific name of any living or fossil organism, is applied to a bacterium:

Myxococcus llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochensis

This is isolated from soil collected at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Anglesey, in Wales, which you may have heard of, cos its also got the Train Station with the longest now you know.


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