New ant species named after Radiohead
Found in the Venezuelan Amazon, a new species of ants have been named after the legendary rock band, Radiohead. Sericomyrmex radioheadi was discovered as part of a comprehensive study of the genus Sericomyrmex, a group of fungal-farming ants widespread across South and Central America.
Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz from the Smithsonian Institution’s Ant Lab state:
“We wanted to honor their music…but more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.”
While fame can be fleeting for many artists, Radiohead are rightfully recognized not only as musicians, but as environmental activists.