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Another Shrimp in the Wall: scientists name new, bright pink shrimp after Pink Floyd

Credit: Museum of Natural History

A team of scientists - including one from Oxford University - has named a newly-discovered, bright pink shrimp after their favourite band, Pink Floyd. The new species of pistol shrimp - discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama - has been named Synalpheus pinkfloydi.

Credit: Museum of Natural History

The high-volume crustacean produces a sound louder than rock concerts and has a distinctive pink snapping claw which it uses to stun prey with sonic energy.

Another Shrimp in the Wall featuring Synalpheus pinkfloydi & the Oxford University Museum of Natural History building Credit: Kate Pocklington

Sammy De Grave, Head of Research at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, says he has been a life-long Pink Floyd fan and has been waiting for the opportunity to name the right new species after the band:

I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old.

I’ve seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live8 in 2005. The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band.

– Sammy De Grave, Head of Research, Museum of Natural History, Oxford