7 Animals Named After Rock Legends

Who needs Rock Hall when you can have species named after you?

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Rock icons have received many types of accolades over the years, but few can measure with having an actual animal species named after yourself.

Only the chosen ones of the rock realm managed to reach such plateau, so make sure to check out the full rundown below.

Frank Zappa - Phialella zappai

This jellyfish was christened by Ferdinando "Nando" Boero, an Italian scientist who made such a gesture in hope of meeting Frank Zappa, whose work he greatly admired. The reason why he took the odd approach? Zappa himself once said: "There is nothing I would like better than having a jellyfish with my name." 

He once also said that "Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny," along with a few other gems (via Curated Quotes). But back to the story, the plan worked like a charm, resulting in a friendly conversation between the two gentlemen.

Freddie Mercury - Cirolana mercuryi

This species of isopod can be found on coral reefs in Zanzibar. It is named for Freddie Mercury, "arguably Zanzibar's most famous popular musician and singer."

Ozzy Osbourne - Dendropsophus Ozzyi

In one of the more recent stories, a tree frog with a bat-like call was named after Ozzy Osbourne. His legendary bat incident truly knows no boundaries.

Pink Floyd - Pinkfloydia

"Pink Floyd was an innovative group that created music (with) an eclectic mixture of styles. Pinkfloydia has very unusual morphological features and its name aims to reflect its uniqueness." A rather fitting description of this spider and a perfectly logical solution, if we might say.

Mick Jagger - Aegrotocatellus jaggeri

Aegrotocatellus jaggeri is a trilobite named after The Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger. It's a member of the Aegrotocatellus genus.

Lou Reed - Loureedia

Up next is late great Lou Reed and Loureedia, a genus of araneomorph spiders from the Eresidae family. Typically, this fellow can be found in the Mediterranean.

Mark Knopfler - Masiakasaurus knopfleri

Spiders, bats and snakes are all nice, but Mr. Knopfler has a friggin' dinosaur named after him. To be precise, it's a predatory theropod dinosaur that lived around 70 million years ago.

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    Yabba Who
    Zappa dedicated a show to Nando in his hometown and even ad-libbed the lyrics to "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" into "Lonesome Cowboy Nando" with jellyfish references.
    There's a spider named after him as well
    Yabba Who
    And a snail, a fish, a gene found in urinary tract infections (Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?), and an asteroid.
    And he said "there is nothing I would like better than to have a jellyfish with my name" AFTER the jellyfish was named