An extinct ‘water pig’ with ‘tactile lips’ has been named after Mick Jagger. Recently discovered in Egypt thanks to the finding of pieces of fossilised jaw, it has been named Jaggermeryx naida, which means ‘Jagger’s water nymph’. From bacteria to beetles, musicians have long been used as inspiration to name the creatures of the earth. Here’s 10 more of the strangest.
Frank Zappa’s name has been affixed to a heady amount of animals. Amaurotoma zappa, a clam that died 300 millions years ago, carries his name as well as Vallaris zappai, an acne-causing bacteria. Lush. The coolest though is a jellyfish named as part of professor Ferdinando Boero’s plan to get to meet Frank Zappa. “There is nothing I’d like better than having a jellyfish named after me,” he said.