Organisms named after singers

Posted on 2 February 2013
By Gigi Sinclair
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You’re nobody in the music business until you’ve had an organism named after yourself. Here’s Purple Revolver’s top picks of the organisms named after famous artists and groups.

Avalanchurus lennoni – John Lennon
Avalanchurus starri – Ringo Starr
Paradonea presleyi – Elvis Presley
Aegrotocatellus jaggeri – Mick Jagger
Amaurotoma zappa – Frank Zappa
Anacroneuria carole – Carole King
Arcticalymene rotteni – Johnny Rotten
Avalanchurus simoni – Paul Simon
Avalanchurus garfunkeli – Art Garfunkel
Cirolana mercuryi – Freddie Mercury
Dicrotendipes thanatogratus – Grateful Dead
Gnathia marleyi – Bob Marley
Hyla stingi – Sting has a Colombian tree frog named in recognition of his work for the rain-forest.
Loureedia annulipes – Lou Reed
Macrocarpaea dies-viridis – Green Day
Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni – Michael Jackson
Phialella zappai (jellyfish) – Frank Zappa
Taeniopteryx mercuryi – Freddie Mercury

Watch David Attenborough’s new TV show Natural Curiosities this month on Eden (Virgin Media).