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

Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi (Neil Young, trapdoor spider)

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Jason Bond, a biology professor at East Carolina University, christened a new species of spider he discovered in 2007 after the "Heart of Gold" singer. "I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice," Bond said of Young.

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