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Blood-sucking parasite named after Bob Marley

Bob Marley, parasite inspiration? (AP Photo/Island Records, HO, file)

Bob Marley, parasite inspiration? (AP Photo/Island Records, HO, file)

Jamaican-born Bob Marley was the inspiration for the scientific name of a new blood-sucking parasite found in the coral reefs of the Caribbean, the L.A. Times has reported.

The parasite, called Gnathia marleyi, belongs to a family of parasites called gnathiids, the ocean equivalent of a mosquito.

Paul Sikkel coined the name to honor Marley, telling the Times, “This species is as uniquely Caribbean, as was Marley.”

The marleyi had been observed in the region before, but Sikkel said he assumed they had already been classified. Turns out, the parasite had never been named, and so the honor fell to Sikkel, a Marley fan.

Other artists have had scientific discoveries named in their honor; the Beatles a beetle, of course, and recently a horsefly with a golden butt was named after Beyonce. -Kelsey Fowler

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Kelsey Fowler is the 2012 Features Intern at The Denver Post, currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.

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