New Species of Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd
Published Apr 12, 2017Like Lou Reed, Greg Graffin, Henry Rollins and countless other music icons before them, Pink Floyd have now had a member of the animal kingdom named in their honour, specifically a new species of shrimp.
As the BBC reports, the synalpheus pinkfloydi uses its large pink claw to create a snapping noise so loud it can kill small fish. The noise from the claw can reach 210 decibels, making it one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, though there's no word on whether it can pen revered double-albums or play a mean guitar.
The new shrimp was found off the pacific coast of Panama.
"I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old," Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History, told the BBC. "The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band. We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd."
De Grave had previously named a species of shrimp after Mick Jagger, Elephantis jaggerai.