A New Species of Shrimp Has Been Named After Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd has some dedicated fans
Pink Floyd has some dedicated fans | © Dezo Hoffmann/REX/Shutterstock

A newly-discovered species of shrimp has been named after rockers Pink Floyd.

The synalpheus pinkfloydi was discovered by a team of prog rock-loving scientists who vowed years ago that they would ‘honour’ the band if they ever found a new pink shrimp.
The new species uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud it can kill small fish.
Dr Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, said he has been a Pink Floyd fan since he was a teen.

The new species is called synalpheus pinkfloydi

He previously named a species of shrimp after Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger – Elephantis jaggerai.
The crustacean can produce sonic energy at up to 210 decibels, which is louder than a rock concert. So, very loud indeed.
De Grave told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old. I’ve seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live 8 in 2005. The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band.’

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