Metallica Inspires Name of Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Crustacean

A small worm-type species has been newly discovered in the deep sea and got its name from non-other than Metallica. The rock band was the inspiration behind Macrostylis metallicola, which is found in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, a submarine region between Hawaii and Mexico.

Dr. Torben Riehl and Bart De Smet discovered the species and named it after the rock band to honor the group. Talk about dedication! “We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean!,” Metallica wrote alongside a sketch of the of the Macrostylis metallicola.

“Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us,” the post continued. “The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean!”

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