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Genera named after mythological figures

See also Genera named after personal names, Genera named after geographical names, Genera named after institutions

 

The genera named after mythological figures are cited in the following table.

 

Genus names

Mythological figures

Acidianus

Ianus (or Janus), a god in Roman mythology, who is said to have had two faces.

Amphritea

 Amphryte, a sea nymph (one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris).

Breoghania

Breoghan, the first Celtic king of Gallaecia in Celtic mythology.

Chimaereicella

Chimaera, a mythological monster with the fore part a lion, in the hinder a serpent, and in the middle a goat).

Cronobacter

Cronos, one of the Titans of mythology who swallowed each of his children as soon as they were born.

Demetria

Demetria, a Greek female god of agriculture and wives.

Eionea

Eionea, a nymph of the sea.

Ekhidna

Ekhidna, a sea nymph-dragon of the Greek mythology producing slime.

Eudoraea

Eudora, a sea goddess in Greek mythology.

Gaiella

Gaia, Greek goddess of the earth.

Galenea

Galene, a sea nymph (one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris).

Haliea

Halie, a sea nymph (one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris).

Hellea

Helle, a sea goddess in Greek mythology.

Janibacter

Janus (or Ianus), a god in Roman mythology, who is said to have had two faces.

Melitea

Melite, a sea nymph (one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris).

Methylogaea

Gaea, the mother goddess of the earth in Greek mythology.

Neptuniibacter

Neptunius, the Roman god of the sea.

Neptunomonas

Neptunius, the Roman god of the sea.

Nereida

A Nereid (sea nymphs named after their father, Nereus).

Nisaea

Nisaea, a sea nymph (one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris).

Opitutus

Ops, a Roman Earth and harvest goddess.

Pandoraea

Pandora, referring to Pandora's box in Greek mythology, the origin of diseases of mankind.

Persephonella

Persephone, the Greek mythological goddess, who spent half of each year in the Underworld and the other half on Earth.

Phorcysia

Phorcys, son of Neptune, father of Medusa and the other Gorgons, who was changed after death into a sea-god.

Pilimelia

Melia, a nymph loved by the river god Inachus.

Poseidonocella

Poseidon, God of the sea.

Proteus

Proteus, an ocean god able to change himself into different shapes.

Telluria

Tellus, a Roman goddess of the earth.

Thermoproteus

Proteus, a mythical figure able to assume different forms.

Vampirovibrio

A vampire.

Vulcanibacillus

Vulcanus, the Roman god of fire.

Vulcanisaeta

Vulcanus, the Roman god of fire.

Vulcanithermus

Vulcanus, the Roman god of fire.

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