David Bowie Gets Spider Named After Him
Published Sep 08, 2009Joining the ranks of Neil Young and Stephen Colbert, rock'n'roll legend David Bowie has had a newly discovered species of spider named after him.
According to a report from the Guardian, the new species of Malaysian spider has been discovered by spider genius Peter Jäger, who has apparently found 200 new kinds of spider in the last ten years.
Jäger says the purpose of naming the spider after the celebrity is to alert the world to its endangered status. "It is working against time," he said. "Along with the species, we are also quickly losing genetic resources that have evolved over more than 300 million years."
The giant, yellow, hairy spider has been named Heteropoda davidbowie, and yes, that's him pictured up at the top.
No word yet on whether the spider is from Mars.