Although the newly found species of crustaceans certainly can’t sing any songs, they are now being named after music legend Elton John. A recent study describes the newly found species of crustacean called Leucothoe Eltoni after the musician.
So why are they naming this after a music artist?
The new species was named by Dr. James Thomas from the Holmes College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Florida. He named it Leucothoe Eltoni because his appendage resembles with the shoe Elton John wore in his 1975 movie ‘Tommy’.
“I named the species in honor of Sir Elton John because I listened to his music in my lab during my entire scientific career.” Thomas said. “So, when this unusual crustacean with a greatly enlarged appendage appeared under my microscope after a day of collecting, an image of the shoes Elton John wore as the Pinball wizard came to mind,” he added.
The crustacean which is almost of a translucent color has a normal body paired with two in-proportionally large claws. While its typical habitat includes Indonesia and Philippines, according to the scientist, the species is not confined to Indonesia only.
“Several years ago I was contacted from scientists from the Bishop Museum in Honolulu to help identify an unusual amphipod they have collected. It proved to be the same species as the one from Indonesia.”
Thomas emphasized the fact that regular monitoring of environment is very important, especially in Tropical environments where creatures like L. Eltoni can get easily transported to other parts of the world.
The study from Thomas and several other researchers was published this week in the journal Zookeys.