A SHRIMP that makes a sound louder than rock bands has been named after Pink Floyd.
The pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, uses its distinctive pink snapping claw to stun prey with sonic energy.
By snapping the claw shut at rapid speed it creates a high-pressure bubble which collapses to produce one of the loudest sounds in the ocean.
The blast can reach 210 decibels — louder than a gunshot — and is powerful enough to stun or even kill small fish. For a split-second, the imploding bubble also gets super hot.
Zoologist and Pink Floyd fan Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford university’s Museum of Natural History, had been waiting for the chance to honour his heroes. He said: ‘The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band.’
Synalpheus pinkfloydi (above) was discovered on Panama’s Pacific coast.