Lou Reed Has New Genus Of Velvet Spider Named After Him

Lou Reed has joined the late Frank Zappa and Neil Young as rock stars who have had newly discovered spiders named after them.

Lou Reed Has New Genus Of Velvet Spider Named After Him
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Although he hasn't had a constellation named after him, Lou Reed has joined the late Frank Zappa and Neil Young as rock stars who have had newly discovered spiders named after them. According to Sci-News.com, a new genus of velvet spider has been recently named Loureedia "in recognition of the fact that this velvet spider lives underground." Obviously in reference to Reed's time in the Velvet Underground, Loureedia was chosen by an international group of biologists and representatives of institutions from the U.S., Hungary, Denmark and Iran among other countries. The velvet spider - which is described has having a "dark and shiny" appearance - is known to be rarely encountered, much like Reed's at times testy encounters with music journalists over the years. The creature is also known to live in Africa, Asia and Europe with Brazil also home to a form of the species. Reed has sung about spiders in the past. For example the song "Baton Rouge" - found on the 2000 album "Ecstasy" - contains the lyrics, "In the terra-cotta cobwebs of your mind/When did you start seeing me as a spider spinning web." Reed joins Young, who had a trapdoor spider named Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi after him a few years ago. Zappa's spider is called the Pachygnatha zappa and was so named in part due to the creature's markings that bring to mind the musician's signature mustache. Reed is currently off the road after releasing "Lulu", the album created from Reed's collaboration with Metallica last year. Reed embarks on a European tour next month starting in Luxembourg and concluding in early July in Slovakia. Reed also makes a guest appearance on Metric's forthcoming studio album "Synthetica".
Photo credit: Martin Forman. Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

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    ali.guitarkid7
    Oh man, that's so ****ing awesome. Someday I'll get a Loureedia and name it 'Venus'. That thing looks beautiful.
    RGallagherFan
    RGallagherFan wrote: Cool. Not every day you get named after a spider.
    ***A spider named after you ha ha
    Jesus_Dean
    Reed is currently off the road after releasing "Lulu",
    Why does this make me chuckle? :
    FMVG96
    6-String_Madman wrote: The spider's name is Lulu... and it makes webs off the TABLE edges.. hehehe.... ... oh... I know, it ain't funny. At least, I tried.
    I actually laughed a little bit.
    6-String_Madman
    The spider's name is Lulu... and it makes webs off the TABLE edges.. hehehe.... ... oh... I know, it ain't funny. At least, I tried.
    Lol Natures
    Damn it, my first thought was that they should name a kind of table after James Hetfield.
    travislausch
    Is this spider's ability the ability to garble on mindlessly over limp thrash metal? I kid, I kind of liked Lulu. Frank Zappa has an asteroid named after him, too, I think.
    emillyg21
    A spider named after a legendary musician...very interesting. Who's next? Is Patti Smith going to have a spider or insect named after her? Speaking of, has anyone checked out her new album "Banga" ? Thoughts on the legendary artist's newest project?