Pink Floyd: ‘The Shrimp Named After Legendary British Band
straitstimes.com: A newly discovered shrimp species with a bright pink claw and an ability to produce one of the loudest sounds in the ocean has been named after legendary British band Pink Floyd, zoologists said last week.
Synalpheus pinkfloydi has a bright pink claw that "just like all good rock bands" can produce large amounts of sonic energy, according to a post on the blog of the University of Oxford's Museum of Natural History.
Zoologist Sammy de Grave said the shrimp was discovered off the coast of Panama.
By closing its distinctive claw at rapid speed, the shrimp can produce a sound strong enough to stun or even kill a small fish.
A description of the shrimp appeared in the journal Zootaxa last Wednesday and the Oxford team also featured the shrimp in fictitious covers for the legendary British rock band's iconic albums Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979).
"I often play Pink Floyd as background music while I'm working," Dr de Grave said.
"But now the band and my work have been happily combined in the scientific literature."