Deep sea snail named after British punk rocker

This music video from England is called The Clash – Live Manchester 1978. Songs: I’m so bored with the USA – London’s Burning.

And this music video from Manchester, England is called The Clash – Capital Radio / Janie Jones / What’s My Name / Garageland – October 1977.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Joe Strummer has deep sea snail named after him

Alviniconcha strummeri live beneath the surface of the ocean and apparently ‘look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s’

A species of deep sea snail with the bold, spiky aesthetic of early Clash fans has been named after Joe Strummer. Alviniconcha strummeri are golf ball-sized invertebrates that live around 2,000 metres beneath the surface of the ocean.

The Strummer-indebted snails are one of five new species identified in a paper that was published in the journal Systematics and Biodiversity. “Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon,” Shannon Johnson, a researcher at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel (via Exclaim).

Only strummeri have been named after a musician: the other alviniconcha species get their monikers from things like research facilities and gastropod experts. “The name highlights the ‘hardcore’ nature of Alviniconcha snails, that inhabit the hottest, most acidic and most sulphidic microhabitats at Indo-Pacific hydrothermal vents,” researchers wrote. “The name also recognises the surface of Alviniconcha shells: the spiky periostracum resembles the fashion of punk rock bands.”

Alviniconcha strummeri will now vie with Amaurotoma zappa, named for Frank, in the collections of malacologist music fans. Those who are not simply interested in snails may also pursue exemplars of the isopod Cirolana mercuryi, named from Freddie, Jaggermeryx naida, an extinct “long-legged pig” named after Mick, and Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, a spider who is apparently looking for a Heart of Gold.

22 December will mark the 12th anniversary of Strummer’s death.

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