A newly discovered deep-sea crustacean has been named after the rock band Metallica.
The 6.5 millimeters-long tiny species, named “Macrostylis metallicola,” is usually seen in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, a submarine region between Hawaii and Mexico.
Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium discovered the species in the depths of the northern Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Riehn named his discovery after Metallica as he has been a fan since childhood.
“We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean,” Metallica wrote on Instagram and posted a sketch of the Macrostylis metallicola.
The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements.
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