It’s no surprise that there’s an organism in the animal kingdom named after someone like Ozzy Osbourne or Lemmy Kilmister, considering their wild behavior. But did you know there’s a wspider named after Angra`s Andre Matos? A tartantula after Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine?
Why not honoring musicians or albums with naming them when a new species or something else in the nature are discovered?
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson: Spider taxonomist Christina Rheims discovered four new species of arachnid, and decided to honor the Iron Maiden frontman by calling one of them Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni.
Metallica: In early 2020, a new deep-sea crustacean was discovered in the Pacific Ocean by Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet. With a clear body and no eyes, they decided to honor Metallica by naming it Macrostylis metallicola.
King Diamond: Dr. Mats E. Eriksson discovered a 420 million-year-old fossil of a marine worm with jaws in Sweden and Estonia. It was named Kingnites diamond.
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: Christina Rheims named another one of the spiders Extraordinarius rickalleni after the Def Leppard drummer.
Pink Floyd: In 2015, a type of damselfly was discovered in Africa. Falling under the genus Umma and given the species name “gumma,” the insect was named after Pink Floyd’s 1969 album Ummagumma.
The Buried And Me: A brittle star was discovered in South Carolina and named Amphilimna Intersepultosetme in 2018. The name in Latin translates to Between The Buried And Me.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Brent E. Hendrixson discovered a new type of tarantula in the southern regions of New Mexico and Arizona, and named it Aphonopelma Davemustainei.
Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister: In 2017, a prehistoric crocodile was discovered in England. The paleontologists concluded that Lemmysuchus obtusidens would have been one of the largest coastal predators during the middle of the Jurassic Period.
Ozzy Osbourne:A new species of frog was discovered in 2014 in the Amazon that made bat-like sounds. Due to the Prince of Darkness’s … interesting … history with bats, it was named Dendropsophus ozzyi.
Nightwish’s Tuomas Holopainen: Biologist Jukka Salmela discovered a new species of fungus gnat in Finland, and asked the Nightwish keyboardist permission to name it after him. It’s called Sciophila Holopaineni.
Black Flag’s Henry Rollins: Rollins was honored in the form of a fireworm. The aquatic relative of earthworms and leeches was named Rollinschaeta myoplena in 2015.
Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster: The fossil of an enormous, fish-eating worm was discovered by scientists in 2017. It was named Websteroprion Armstrong after bassist Alex Webster due to its monstrous size.
The Scorpions’ Klaus Meine: Spider species Extraordinarius klausmeinei was named after the Scorpions frontman by Christina Rheims.
Andre Matos: The fourth of Christina Rheims’ spiders was named after the late Andre Matos, who fronted the Brazilian metal group Angra.
The Clash’s Joe Strummer: A punk species of snail with a spiked shell was discovered in the depths of the ocean back in 2014. Due to its aesthetic, it was named A. strummeri after the Clash’s Joe Strummer.