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A zoologist has given a new species of pistol shrimp the name of his favourite rock band, because it is able to produce a sound that is louder than stadium concerts.

Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, was researching a pistol shrimp with a distinctive pink snapping claw that it uses to stun its prey with a sonic blast, and decided to name it Synalpheus pinkfloydi, after his favourite band, Pink Floyd.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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