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New Ant Species Named After Radiohead

By: Maura O'Malley

April 25, 2017

Having a new species named after you is all the rage these days—at least for Pink Floyd and Radiohead, that is. Recently, we found out that Pink Floyd has a new species of shrimp named after them, and today, we bring to you the Sericomyrmex radioheadi via Phys.org.

According to the website, three new ant species were discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon by the Smithsonian Institution’s Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz. The pair named one of the species after Radiohead for two reasons. First, they love the music. Second, the band does an admirable job at raising awareness for climate change, and they wanted to honor that.

Weird-yet-cool fact: Sericomyrmex radioheadi are a type of “silky ant,” meaning they’re essentially fungus farmers, and, according to Phys.org, fungus-farming ants can often make antibiotic-producing bacteria, so scientists are thinking this could be applied to human medicine.