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Bob Marley: a Coral parasite

world Updated: Jul 11, 2012 23:35 IST

Reggae immortal Bob Marley has joined Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the club of those who have biological species named in their honour.

In Marley’s case, it’s a small parasitic crustacean blood feeder that infests fish in Caribbean coral reefs, now known as Gnathia Marleyi.

“I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music,” Paul Sikkel, a marine biologist at Arkansas State University, said on Tuesday.