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Scientists name new species of ants after English rock band Radiohead

Ana Jesovnik and Ted R Schultz of Washington's Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab discovered three species of ants, while collecting data for a study in the VenezuelanAmazon, reported The Independent.


By   |  Updated On : April 26, 2017 05:43 PM
Ant species

Ant species

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A new species of ants has been named after English rock band, Radiohead in order to honour their contributions to music and conservation efforts. Ana Jesovnik and Ted R Schultz of Washington's Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab discovered three species of ants, while collecting data for a study in the VenezuelanAmazon, reported The Independent.

One of the species, Sericomyrmex radioheadi, was named after the upcoming Glastonbury headliner, as noted byPhys.org. "We wanted to honour their music.

But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the bandmembers, especially in raising climate-change awareness," said Jesovnik. Earlier in April, a species of shrimp was named after Pink Floyd as the Synalpheus Pinkfloydi. 

First Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 05:23 PM


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