New Species Of Pistol Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd

Posted: Apr 12 2017, 10:46am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

New Species of Pistol Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd
This is Synalpheus pinkfloydi. Credit: Sammy De Grave
  • Rock giants Pink Floyd honored in naming of newly discovered, bright pink -- pistol shrimp

A novel type of shrimp has been given a scientific name that seeks its original inspiration from none other than the rock band bearing the title Pink Floyd.

A new species of shrimp has been called Synalpheus pinkfloydi after the prog-rock band “Pink Floyd”. The scientists who named the shrimp were also lovers and aficianados of the band.

This shrimp creates such a terrifying noise with its large pink claw that it can virtually kill many small fish right there on the spot.

The team of researchers responsible for the finding swore early on in their careers that if they found a pink-colored shrimp species one day in the future, they would name it after Pink Floyd.

Sammy De Grave, the head of the research effort, spoke of how he had been a big fan of the band since his youthful teenage days. He has an erstwhile history of naming marine animals for rock and roll legends.

Already he has named a shrimp for the main man of the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger. This shrimp is termed Elephantis jaggeri.

According to De Grave, he had been listening with great pleasure to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” ever since it came out in the year 1979. He was barely 14 years old back then and full of hope and enthusiasm for the future times.

The naming of this pink shrimp was a classic example of imprinting some animal with the title of a band the scientist adored in his salad days. De Grave acknowledged that in fact all of us are Pink Floyd fans in one way or another since their music was so sophisticated and beautiful.

This pink shrimp is also called the pistol or snapping shrimp. It has the power to let loose a volley of sonic noise at the drop of a hat. This it does by snapping its large pink claw.

The sound can reach 210 decibels which by the way is louder than the ordinary rock concert. In fact, this is the loudest sound in the ocean. The species is found off the Pacific Coast of Panama.

This study got published in Zootaxa journal.

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