There’s a New Species of Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd

The pistol shrimp, also called a snapping shrimp, can also kill small fish with sonic energy made from its claw

The shrimp can be found off the Pacific coast of Panama.

Music and food have close ties, each providing inspiration for the other, whether it is Rolling Stones-themed doughnuts in Chicago or mezcal created by Adam Levine and Sammy Hagar. Recently, a rock band was the inspiration for an unlikely group of sea dwellers: a new species of shrimp.

The Synalpheus pinkfloydi was named so due to its large pink claw and a pact made by scientists who can’t get enough of rock music, BBC reported.

One of the scientists who agreed to honor the band with the latest pink shrimp discovery, Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History, said that he’s been a fan of Pink Floyd’s music since he was 14 years old.


“The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band,” De Grave said. “We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd.”