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Bloodsucking Parasite Named After Bob Marley


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Scientists have certainly stirred it up some with this: they've named a parasite that feed on blood after the reggae legend Bob Marley.

Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology and a field marine biologist at Arkansas State University, discovered and just named after Marley a "gnathiid isopod"--a small parasitic crustacean blood feeder that infests certain fish that inhabit the coral reefs of the shallow eastern Caribbean. Sikkel named the species Gnathia marleyi. [...]

Sikkel said, "I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley's music. Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley."

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Please, next time a biologist wants to find a name for a species of blood sucker, please think of the recording industry.
Should have been Gnathia riaaa
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