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Veteran Prog-Rockers Pink Floyd Have a New Species of Shrimp Named in Their Honour

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The ever-so-slightly psychedelic synalpheus pinkfloydi (Picture: Arthur Anker)

Veteran prog-rockers Pink Floyd have had a new species of shrimp named after the band.

Published in Zootaxa on 12 April – that's the 12, not the 1! –  Synalpheus pinkfloydi is a newly discovered species of pistol shrimp, so named for their ability to generate a sonic blast underwater by rapidly closing their enlarged ‘snapping’ claw.

The newly described pink-clawed shrimp was found off the Pacific Coast of Panama, according to the report’s authors, Arthur Anker of the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, Kristin Hultgren of Seattle University in the USA, and Sammy De Grave, of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

‘I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old,’ said Dr. De Grave. ‘The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band.’

Also known as snapping shrimps, the noise from the pistol shrimp's claw is sufficient to stun or kill small fish and has been recorded at volumes of over 210 decibels (dB) in some species. Somewhat ironically, the average decibel level of a rock concert is a mere 120dB by comparison, with Pink Floyd probably coming in slightly lower.

 

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