A shrimp that produces a sound louder than a rock concert has been named after the band Pink Floyd by a rock fan zoologist. The pistol shrimp, named Synalpheus pinkfloydi, has a distinctive pink snapping claw that it uses to stun prey with sonic energy. Zoologist and Pink Floyd fan Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, had been waiting for the chance to honor the prog rock legends by giving their name to a new species.
He said: “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 Live8 in 2005. “The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band.”