Outside of certain Latin-based nomenclature requirements, the rule in science is that if you discover it, you name it.
Christina Rheims is a biological scientist in Sao Paolo, Brazil, who spends a lot of time looking for new species spiders. She found four, which meant that she had to come up with names for them.
All these newly-discovered spiders belong to the genus extraordinarius. From now, on, each of these new species will carry the following names taken from the human names of real metal musicians:
- Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni (Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden_
- Extraordinarius klausmeinei (Klaus Meine of The Scorpions)
- Extraordinarius andrematosi (Named after Andre Matos of Brazilian heavy metal act Angra)
- Extraordinarius rickalleni (Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen)
I have to ask: Is this last spider missing a limb? Sorry. Too soon?