Radiohead Get New Ant Species Named After Them
Radiohead has been honored with a new species of ant named after the iconic band -- Sericomyrmex radioheadi.
The experimental Brits' namesake was discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon, reports Phys.org, and is one of three new species in the Sericomyrmex genus discovered recently by Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz from the Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab in Washington, D.C.
The Sericomyrmex -- literally translated as 'silky ants' -- genus are fungus-farming ants, meaning they have figured out how to farm their own food. They relatives to the relatively well-known leaf-cutter ants.
In naming one of these new species after Radiohead, Ješovnik and Schultz said they had hoped to celebrate the band's social impact as much as its music.
"We wanted to honor their music" Ješovnik told Phys.org. "But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness."