Claw-Snapping “Sonic Shrimp” Named After Pink Floyd


One of the great perks of being a scientist is getting to name newly discovered species after whatever you want. Oftentimes, that means beloved figures in pop culture. There are at least 17 species labeled after characters in Star Wars, including the Wockia Chewbacca moth. But few of these names feel as appropriate as Synalpheus pinkfloydi, a pistol shrimp that can produce massive sonic blasts to stun other creatures in the sea.

The name comes courtesy of the authors of the paper describing the recently discovered shrimp: Sammy De Grave of Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Arthur Anker of Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, and Kristin Hultgren of Seattle University.

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