New species of ant named after Radiohead

Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead has inspired the sound of countless bands, and now their influence has filtered down to the insect world.  The band has inspired the name of a new species of ant native to Amazonian Venezuela.

In a study from the Smithsonian Institution’s Ant Lab, scientists Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz named the ant Sericomyrmex radioheadi.

“This species is named after the English rock band Radiohead as an acknowledgement of their longstanding efforts in environmental activism, especially in raising climate-change awareness,” the study reads, adding that the name also comes “in honor of their music, which is an excellent companion during long hours at the microscope while conducting taxonomic revisions of ants.”

If you’d like to learn all there is to know about S. radioheadi, you can read the entire study now via the science journal website ZooKeys. There’s no mention of whether or not the ant feels like a creep…or a weirdo, for that matter.

Radiohead concluded their U.S. tour last week with their headlining set at Coachella.

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