Friday, May 25, 2012

Walk on the Wild Side: New Spider Named for Lou Reed

A new genus of the velvet spider discovered living underground in the deserts of Israel have been named after American rocker Lou Reed.

A team of scientists from the United States and Israel decided to name the new genus after the iconic singer/songwriter, who was a member of the highly-influential alternative rock band The Velvet Underground during the 1960s and 70s. The official name of the new genus is Loureedia annulipe. The genus has only been found living in the sand dunes of the Negev Desert, near Halukim and Nitzana, Israel.

Velvet spiders are known for looking dark and shiny, and are native to certain areas of Europe, Asia and Africa. Reed joins fellow rockers Frank Zappa and Neil Young in having a spider named in his honor.

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