Rock & Roll Animals: 22 Weird Creatures Named After Superstars

Freddie Mercury, Jerry Garcia, the Beatles and more artists have inspired the scientific names of rare species

Cirolana mercuryi (Freddie Mercury, East African isopod)

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This fine creature is a species of crustacean found off the coast of Zanzibar, a city in Tanzania. Zanzibar, of course, is the birthplace of Farrokh Bulsara, who later took the name Freddie Mercury and fronted a crazy little band called Queen. Isopods have seven pairs of legs, none of which would probably look as good as Freddie’s in a pair of white denim shorts.

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