Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Spider Named for David Bowie

I absolutely detest spiders. I think they're creepy, but I suppose one named for David Bowie isn't that bad. Or is it? Check out the little bugger here. GROSS!

The Guardian recently reported that a yellow Malaysian spider has been named in honor for the former Thin White Duke: Heteropoda davidbowie.

German spider specialist Peter J├Ąger, who has identified 200 new species over the last decade, created the name. He likes naming endangered spiders after celebrities in order to bring attention to the dangers of these creepy, crawly creatures.

Seems appropriate considering Bowie's 1972 album was entitled, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Last year, East Carolina University biologist Jason Bond rechristened the trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, after Canadian rocker Neil Young.

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