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Scientists identify new species of millipede after Taylor Swift


A gaggle of scientists have named a newly-discovered species of millipede after Taylor Swift.

In a tweet on Saturday (April 16), Dr. Derek Hennen shared the names of a few of the 17 species of the insect that he and his Virginia Tech crew – Drs. Jackson Means and Paul Marek – had shared in a brand new paper printed by ZooKeys.

Found within the US state of Tennessee, the Nannaria swiftae – or Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede – was ascribed the identify by Hennen as a result of he's a giant fan of Swift.

“I needed to indicate my appreciation by naming this new species from Tennessee after her,” Hennen wrote, “A excessive honor!”

Per Rolling Stone, Hennen elaborated: “Her music helped me get by way of the highs and lows of graduate college, so naming a brand new millipede species after her is my manner of claiming thanks.”

Hennen defined in his Twitter that he and the opposite scientists had spent 5 years looking for the millipedes within the Appalachian Mountains. Thus far, the Nannaria swiftae has solely been found in Tennessee, Swift’s house state.

Different species of the critter had been additionally given names with private ties to Hennen, such because the Nannaria marianae given for his spouse.


It’s not the primary time a giant identify artist has had their identify tied to a brand new discovery within the animal kingdom.

In 2020, a brand new species of venomous snake was named for Metallica‘s James Hetfield. The Atheris hetfieldi, a species of African Bush Viper, was given its identify when by researchers “as a thanks for all the nice vibes his [Hetfield] music has transmitted to us throughout all of our private lives and careers”.

And in 2019, 4 new species of spider had been found and named after members of Iron Maiden, Scorpian, Def Leppard and Angra, whereas 2017 noticed a brand new species of prawn – the Synalpheus pinkfloydi — named for traditional rock legends Pink Floyd.



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