From School of Rock today:
There’s some peculiar species that have been named after an FM96 band, artist, or album.
A black tarantula discovered near Folsom Prison in Southern California, was appropriately named after Johnny Cash.
An amazonian frog bear with an unusual bat-like call was named after Ozzy Osbourne and the famous 1982 incident.
A species of dragonfly, who’s genus is UMMA….and might remind you of a 1969 album titled Ummagumma, was named in honour of Pink Floyd and just made it onto the Top 10 New Species list compiled by the State University of New York:
The list was put together by the University’s College Of Environmental Science and Forestry. The ‘Robust Sparklewing’ Umma gumma damselfly was one of 60 new species of dragonfly discovered in Africa last year – expanding the total number by almost 10% to 760.
Conservation measures can now be considered for the new species – as the freshwater ecosystem comes under threat due to rapid development in the country.
Named due to the dragonfly’s genus, Umma, the term ‘ummagumma’ is also to be a slang term for sex. The insect is not the first newly discovered creature to pay tribute to the music world.