New shrimp species named after Pink Floyd

April 12, 2017
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Pink Floyd enters into the science too, the new species of shrimp has been named after this rock band. The Oxford scientists have a great sense of humour, so, thanks to it, the new shrimp Synalpheus pinkfloydi already has an official scientific title.

The scientists noted that the certain type of the oceanic shrimp uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud it can kill small fish. Pink claw became the point of departure searching of the name for the marine crustaceans. Finally, the team behind the discovery vowed years ago if it ever found a new pink shrimp it would “honour” the rockers.

By the way, it is not the first time when the crustacean Synalpheus pinkfloydi named after a rock legend, Mick Jagger made his own contribution to the science. In nature is already exist a species of shrimp, which named after Rolling Stones front man, Elephantis jaggerai.

Pink Floyd in the history of science

Sammy De Grave, the senior specialist at Oxford University MNH, confessed, he is the Pink Floyd fan over he decades.

Pink Floyd-themed artwork, April 2017

So, being the Pink Floyd fans, the scientists decided to name the new shrimp with the pink claw after the legendary rock band, Pink Floyd – Synalpheus pinkfloydi.

The description of the species, found off the Pacific coast of Panama, has been published in the Zootaxa journal.

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