- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A newly found species of pink-clawed pistol shrimp capable of killing other animals with its own sounds has been aptly named after legendary British rock band Pink Floyd, researchers said Wednesday.

“Synalpheus pinkfloydi,” a previously unidentified pistol shrimp species with a distinct pink-glowing claw, was introduced by scientists in Wednesday’s edition of the journal Zootaxa.

Between its conspicuous coloring and its ability to generate debilitating decibel levels, the scientists who found the species on the Pacific coast of Panama agreed that naming their discovery after the rock band was all too fitting.

It also didn’t hurt that one of the authors of Wednesday’s report has been a Pink Floyd fan for nearly 40 years.

“I have been listening to Floyd since ‘The Wall’ was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old,” said Dr. Sammy De Grave, the head of research at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in England and an author of the report.

“I’ve seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live 8 in 2005. The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band.”

Pistol shrimps can create substantial amounts of sonic energy by closing its claw at rapid speed, in turn creating high-pressure cavitation bubbles that eventually bust and, according to Oxford, cause “one of the loudest sounds in the ocean — strong enough to stun or even kill a small fish.”

While similar types of pistol shrimp have been spotted and categorized in decades past, scientists say Synalpheus pinkfloydi is distinct enough to warrant its own species enough — and a rocking one, at that

“I often play Pink Floyd as background music while I’m working, but now the band and my work have been happily combined in the scientific literature,” added lead author Arthur Anker of the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil.

Pistol shrimps are capable of creating sounds of 210 decibels by closings its claws, Britain’s Independent reported Wednesday. Pink Floyd, meanwhile, reportedly performed at an intensity of about 100 decibels prior to disbanding in the 1990s.

According to legend, Pink Floyd accidentally killed hundreds of live fish during a 1971 performance at London’s Crystal Palace Bowl.

Photographer Robert Ellis reportedly claimed later the fish had died after the band attempted to set off smoke flares that had been installed underwater in order to inflate a giant rubber octopus prop located offstage.

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