Pink Floyd Pistol Shrimp – Named after the Legendary Rock Band Pink Floyd

If we discuss about different types of shrimp species in the ocean and some of them are popular as aquarium shrimps because of featuring unique characteristics. However, these types of water species are very delicate and so they need special attention when captive.

When talking about one of the most intriguing and amazing species of shrimp, we can say that the Pink Floyd Pistol Shrimp (Synalpheus Pinkfloydi). According to published information through the, Dr. Sammy de Grave named this kind of shrimp after Pink Floyd because he is an avid fan of this popular and legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

Dr. Sammy de Grave is also a known zoologist from the Museum of Natural History at Oxford University. With this decision to name his discovery after Pink Floyd, de Grave had honored or recognized the popularity of the rock legend through the Pink Floyd Pistol Shrimp.

Looking at the overall appearance of this amazing shrimp, it has a unique bright pink snapping claw and utilizes it for killing prey. As detailed through Wikipedia, the claw produced a strong snapping sound and can instantly kills those small fishes near the Pistol Shrimp.

The generated massive amount of volume from its bright snapping claw immediately affecting the small water creatures nearing it and the high-pressure of the sound is capable of killing the fishes through an almost 210 decibels. With a split second, the generated bubble reaches about 4,400C in temperature and that is almost the heat temperature of the sun to the nearest surface.

Based on the information about the origin of this particular shrimp specie, they were able to discover it near the Las Perlas Archipelago in the bay of Panama. The exploration is part of the interesting “Comparative and Experimental Studies of Crustacean Morphology and Development” project of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. This project is now one of the collected researches of the Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History as well as the University Sao Paulo’s Museum of Zoology.

The researches had identified the Synalpheus Pinkfloydi and relating it to the other specie known as S. Antillensis, which they found in year 1909.

Dr. de Grave is happy for the opportunity that he made in naming the shrimp after his favorite rock 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,” said the zoologist as quoted by online.

“The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band,” he added.

In an effort to recognize this particular shrimp in history, the included its description in the Zootaxa Journal and the group from the Oxford University even featured this pistol snapping shrimp in one of the cover albums of the Pink Floyd known as the Animals and The Wall. This is another reason why de Grave had thought about something that instantly captured the interest of many people who admire the same rock band legend.

There are actually different types of discovered shrimps on earth and some of them are popular as aquarium shrimps. They recognized them as Green Shrimps, Red Cherry Shrimps, Tiger Shrimps, Malaya Shrimps and Yellow Nose Shrimps, among others.

However, the popularity of the Pink Floyd Pistol Shrimp is truly amazing because of its unique characteristics and obtained more recognition for naming it after the legendary rock band in the world.


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