Neil Young Honored with Namesake Spider

A biologist at East Carolina University has named a new species of trapdoor spider after rocker Neil Young.

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You can't patent a bug, but if you discover a new species, you do get to name it. And so when East Carolina University biologist Jason Bond came across a previously undetected species of trapdoor spider, he decided to honor one of his rock and roll idols, Neil Young, by dubbing it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. Mr. Bond told the Science Daily Web site there are rather strict rules about how you name new species. As long as these rules are followed, you can give a new species just about any name you please.

With regards to Neil Young, Mr. Bond: says I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice. The spider doesn't seem to bear much resemblance to Mr. Young. But with all these appendages, it just might play a wicked lead guitar.

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