A couple of weeks ago, I've had an article
about a subspecies of shrimp that was named after the prog rock band, Pink Floyd. Now, that the same guy, Dr. Sammy de Grave, is here again to make science more interesting with his "cool" scientific species-naming! What's the lucky one this time?- An ant subspecies.
Dr. de Grave actually recently discovered three new ant subspecies that all belonged to the Sericomyrmex
(literally translated as 'silky ants') genus. Thing is, one of them has been lucky enough and been named after the famous British music band, Radiohead! I just don't know for sure how they choose who's who for one thing I know these ants all Creep (he-he) in and scurry over our food.
Anyway, these three little friends are actually generally very smart. While we know about ants' different amazing mechanisms like their fancy footwork and navigation
, these creatures have not been well-known for their farming techniques. And this is what set aside these new species for they excel in such and grows fungus gardens for food. (Impressive!)
The newly-christened Sericomyrmex radioheadi
was collected in the Venezuelan Amazon. It was named after the band due to two things: "We wanted to honor their music" one of the authors, Ana Ješovnik, says. "But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness. "
Just once more and we should really call it a trend!