New shrimp species named after Pink Floyd – BBC News
A new genus of prawn has been referred after Pink Floyd thanks to a alliance between prog rock-loving scientists.
The synalpheus pinkfloydi use its sizable pink claw to create a noise so thunderous it can kill tiny fish.
The team behind the invention dedicated years ago if it ever concluded a new pink prawn it would “honour” the rockers.
Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History, said he has been a fan of the band since he was a teenager.
He has previous for listing crustaceans after stone lores, having already referred a genus of prawn after Reeling Stones front man, Mick Jagger – Elephantis jaggerai.
He told: “I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released after 1979, when I was 14 years old.
“The description of this new genus of pistol prawn was the excellent opportunity to finally throw a sign to my favourite band.
“We are all Pink Floyd followers, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new genus of pink prawn, we would appoint it after Pink Floyd.”
The pistol, or snarling prawn, has an ability to generate sonic intensity by closing their enlarged claw at rapid velocity.
It can reach 210 decibels – louder than your median stone concert – and causes in one of the loudest sounds in the ocean.
The description of the genus, concluded off the Pacific coast of Panama, has been published in the Zootaxa journal and was co-authored with the Universidade Federal de Gois in Brazil, and Seattle University in the US.