Brazilian research names spider species after heavy metal artists

Posted by on October 21, 2019

Christina Rheims, a researcher at Instituto Butantan in São Paulo, Brazil, discovered 4 new spider species and decided to name them after her favorite heavy metal artists.

  • Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni – Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson
  • Extraordinarius klausmeinei – Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine
  • Extraordinarius rickalleni – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen
  • Extraordinarius andrematosi – Original Angra vocalist Andre Matos

Rheims talked with Public Radio International and mentioned how she was a huge heavy metal fan and how she always wanted to honor drummer Rick Allen.

“This is the kind of music I like and I usually listen to. I’ve always wanted to honor Rick Allen because I think he’s an example. You have a drummer that loses an arm, and he continues his career and he learns how to play with only one arm. So he’s one of the Extraordinarius as well.”

Hopefully, the next spider species she finds will be named after Soulfly, ex-Sepultura frontman, Max Cavalera.

[via PRI]

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