Where Did the Name “Sherman” Come From When Referring to Bubble Tip Anemones?
Bubble tip anemones are a popular species of sea anemones in the aquarium hobby, and one of the most well-known species is the Rose Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). The name “Sherman” is often used to refer to this species, but the origin of this name is unclear.
There are a few theories about why the species is called “Sherman,” but one of the most commonly cited is that it was named after someone who introduced it into the aquarium hobby. Some hobbyists believe that it was named after a person named Sherman Eddy, who discovered and introduced the species to the hobby.
However, there is limited information about this person and the accuracy of this theory is uncertain. There are no definitive sources or records to confirm the origin of the name “Sherman” when referring to the Rose Bubble Tip Anemone (that I know of). It is possible that the name simply evolved over time as a nickname among hobbyists, or that it was named after someone else entirely.
It is important to note that the use of common names, such as “Sherman,” in the aquarium hobby can be confusing, as different species may have the same or similar common names. To avoid confusion and ensure accurate identification, it is best to use the species’ scientific name, Entacmaea quadricolor, whenever possible.
If anyone has more information or a definitive answer about the origin of the name “Sherman” when referring to the Rose Bubble Tip Anemone, we encourage them to write their own blog post about it to share with the aquarium hobby community. Until then, the origin of this name remains a mystery to me.