Monday, 21 March 2016

New species of crustacean named after Elton John

A shrimp-like creature in Indonesia has been named after Elton John - can you see the resemblance?

9:15AM GMT 15 Mar 2016

A researcher has discovered a new species of crustacean.

The shrimp-like creature was found in Indonesia, and the scientist decided to name him after Sir Elton John.

The crustacean, L. eltoni, was found inside another reef invertebrate, in a "commensal association" - a parasitic relationship where the host is neither helped nor harmed.

L. etoni cannot sing 'Rocket Man', so why did his discoverer name him after the famous singer?

James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida, who discovered the shrimp-like creature, explained in a statement.

He said: "I named the species in honor of Sir Elton John because I have listened to his music in my lab during my entire scientific career,

"So, when this unusual crustacean with a greatly enlarged appendage appeared under my microscope after a day of collecting, an image of the shoes Elton John wore as the 'Pinball Wizard' came to mind."

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