Radiohead has newly discovered ants species named after it

Researchers wanted to honour their music and the band members' conservation efforts

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Tuesday 25 April 2017 09:23

A new species of ant, discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon, has been named after Radiohead in honour of their contributions to music and conservation efforts.

As noted by, Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz — of Washington’s Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab — discovered three species of ants while collecting data for a study. One of those — the Sericomyrmex radioheadi — was named after the upcoming Glastonbury headliner.

"We wanted to honour their music,” Ješovnik, said. "But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.”

Sericomyrmex literally translates to ‘silky ants’, a fungus-farming species that are reportedly ‘less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants’. The Radioheadi breed has a white, crystal-like layer covering their bodies.

Earlier this month, a species of shrimp were named after Pink Floyd; the Synalpheus Pinkfloydi have large pink claws capably of killing small fish.

Meanwhile, Radiohead (the band) have been busy headlining Coachella, their first set being hit with technical issues leading to two walk-offs.

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