San Francisco thrash legends Metallica have expressed delight over having a newly discovered species of crustacean named after them.
The Macrostylis Metallicola has a worm-like body, no eyes, no color and maxes out at a quarter of an inch long. It resides in the darkest depths of the Pacific, 16,000 feet below the ocean surface, and was discovered between Mexico and Hawaii by Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University, Belgium.
“The powerful music of Metallica has accompanied me the majority of my life,” Riehl explained. “I am thrilled to be able to give something back to the band by naming a new species after them!”
Here is the Macrostylis Metallicola in all of its glory, as presented in PeerJ, The Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences:
Delightfully, Metallica’s resident artist came up with their own vivid rendition, as the quartet celebrated the special milestone. “Now that’s one metal crustacean!” the band wrote.