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Researchers name newly discovered loud shrimp after Pink Floyd

The pistol shrimp which produces a sound louder than rock concerts has been named after the band Pink Floyd

Or in need of earplugs.

Pink Floyd band members Nick Mason (L) and Roger Waters; the newly-discovered bright pink-clawed pistol shrimp which has been named as "Synalpheus pinkfloydi".

This is not the first time Rock & Roll has influenced De Grave's scientific decisions. He's been waiting years for the chance to name something after Pink Floyd - his longtime favourite artist.

Deep down in the Pacific Ocean live shrimp that makes so much noise with their fluorescent pink claws, nearby sea creatures sometimes die just from the sound of it.

The team of researchers responsible for the finding swore early on in their careers that if they found a pink-colored shrimp species one day in the future, they would name it after Pink Floyd. The sound, which scientists said was louder than a rock concert, kills small fish.

He previously named the elephantis jaggerai species of shrimp after Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger.

The pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, has a distinctive pink snapping claw, which it uses to stun its prey with sonic energy. The sound is so torturous it actually stuns small prey, allowing the prawn to dismember and eat them easily.

'The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the ideal opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band'.

Previous year biologists named a new species of damselfly after Pink Floyd's 1969 double LP Ummagumma, while a frog is one of several species named after television wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough and lizards and trapdoor spiders have been named for former US President Barack Obama. By quickly closing their giant claws, the shrimp produce a tiny, high-pressure bubble and then pop it, generating a tiny sonic boom loud enough to stun fish so that the shrimp can catch and eat them, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). They released an album called "Animals" in 1977, which - based loosely on George Orwell's "Animal Farm" - featured two tracks called "Dogs" and "Sheep", with the remaining three tracks dedicated to pigs.