Rare Spider Named After David Bowie

Rare Spider Named After David Bowie

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A newly-discovered rare yellow spider has been named after rock star David Bowie in an effort to raise awareness about the number of arachnid species facing extinction.

As reports the Daily Telegraph, the Heteropoda davidbowie is characterized by its large size and bristly yellow hair, and is only found in parts of Malaysia.

Peter Jäger, the German spider expert who discovered the Heteropoda davidbowie (and that is a name I doubt I'll get tired of saying anytime soon) said that he named the spider after the famous British musician in order to promote awareness about arachnid species on the brink of extinction - because for all we're all "save the whales, save the whales!" humanity rarely pays attention to our eight-legged friends. Unless, of course, we're being bitten by them in order to receive superpowers.

Though traditional environmental authorities are reluctant to place species like spiders on official endangered lists, Jäger believes that mindset is a mistake, and that the decline of arachnid species "undermine's natures genetic diversity." Last year, the Rameshwaram Parachute Spider was placed on a "red list" of extremely endangered species, with less than 500 specimens thought to remain on the Indian island of Rameshwaram thanks to deforestation.

But why Bowie, of all people? Why not Heteropoda peterparker? Why, because Bowie previously promoted awareness of spider-well-being with his 1972 concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and his backup band of the same name. True, they might have been Martian spiders, but spiders nonetheless. So, Heteropoda davidbowie it is.

In other news, research suggests that girls may be born with an inherent and instinctual fear of spiders. Whether or not anybody is born with an inherent and instinctual fear of David Bowie has yet to be studied.

Hey, how do you kill the Bowie Spider? With a Bowie Knife! Hah! (Only don't, because they might be endangered).

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CantFaketheFunk:

Hey, how do you kill the Bowie Spider? With a Bowie Knife! Hah!

...Funk, that joke has killed a part of my soul. I hope your happy! *crys*

On topic, I guess a lot of celebrities get named after newly discovered animals... I wouldn't be too happy if I was named after a spider, mind you!

edit: woops, I meant if a spider was named after me :P

I definitely see the resemblance...

I can never quite work out what sort of news the escapist will actually report... There must be an 'awesome news' category that's throwing me off.

Well, they both creep the hell out of me...

A spider named after David Bowie?
What's next, a bat named after Ozzy Osbourne?

BlindTom:
I can never quite work out what sort of news the escapist will actually report... There must be an 'awesome news' category that's throwing me off.

I think it's gaming related stuff and whatever the staff think is cool.

Wow, just wow....

Damn it, if a type of raccoon I could make a joke about "Oh! you pretty things. I have nothing for spiders. That's cool though, even Stephen Colbert has a spider named after him.

Cpt_Oblivious:
A spider named after David Bowie?

What's next, a bat named after Ozzy Osbourne?

Does it bite its own head off?

How would it manage that...

Best news of the year. Nothing can top this.

That spider scares me. Maybe cuz I'm an arcanaphobe

That is quite funny

Ugh...that David Bowie picture is trying...but nothing can beat the Kojima duck pic...

It's pretty badass to be at a level of fame where your name becomes a species. Then again, I'm a little biased since I was named after Mr. Bowie.

I would like a species named after me, that would be awesome.

I'd still kill the fuckers. Spiders give me the creeps.

that's pretty cool, tho i'm sure most kids won't know Ziggy Stardust

Wow, they have completely thrown Latinized binomial nomenclature out the window. They should have at least gone for Heteropoda goblinking.

because for all we're all "save the whales, save the whales!" humanity rarely pays attention to our eight-legged friends.

Were's that dude with the "Nuke the whales" avatar!? THE WORLD NEEDS HIM!

This is pretty cool! I have always liked David Bowie, I can't wait for him to fuck some shit up in the new season of Venture Brothers

HardRockSamurai:

I definitely see the resemblance...

It's like they're twins

I'm having an internal conflict here, on the one hand I want to say it's awesome! On the other hand my inner scientist says it's a shameful debasement of the field.

Cool. As under-appreciated as Bowie is, any recognition is good in my book.

HardRockSamurai:

I definitely see the resemblance...

The main difference being that one will haunt my nightmares and the other is a spider.

I would've thought they'd wait until they had proof spiders existed on Mars at some point in the past. Then again maybe that'll be Heteropoda ziggystardust

Best. Taxonomist. Ever.

trademespots:
Wow, they have completely thrown Latinized binomial nomenclature out the window. They should have at least gone for Heteropoda goblinking.

that's actually pretty common when using real names, tho i think it would be Heteropoda davidbowiei or Heteropoda davidbowi in latin and leaving as his name isn't that bad. if you look at the Cleese's Wolly Lemur it is Avahi cleesei

also the Stephen Colbert spider is called Aptostichus stephencolberti and the Neil Young Spider is Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi

so i think the ie on the end would be ok, tho my latin is a bit off

Umm, I kinda WANT arachnids to go extinct.......now. Like RIGHT NOW.

But I love David Bowie.

I didn't know that insects/arachnids were not part of the Endangered Species list.

Seems like a pretty big omission - there has to be at least one end-of-the-world film that has to do with the disappearance of bugs.

Funk, that picture of Bowie makes me uncomfortable in a horrible assortment of ways. You must be destroyed.

And I'll get around to that as soon as I'm done applying this belt sander to my brain.

JaredXE:
Umm, I kinda WANT arachnids to go extinct.......now. Like RIGHT NOW.

Without spiders, we'd be up to our nostrils in so many kinds of creepy, icky insects before you could say "Raid". They may be creepy, but they're working hard to keep your picnics fly-free.

Besides, if you don't respect them, they won't respect you.

When I was doing my Biochemistry course in Uni, one of my lecturers said that if you discover a new species and document it properly then you can name it whatever you like and the name will remain forever. Or at least until the "next great extinction".

Apparently beetles are the favourite target as due to an interesting quirk of nature there is almost an infinite number of different species of beetle, in fact on jungle expeditions it is hard to find a species of beetle that HAS been categorised already.

Well I find it awesome, I listened to david bowie via my parents old records and have a ZSATSFM right on my wall.

Last of the Chinchillas:

HardRockSamurai:

I definitely see the resemblance...

The main difference being that one will haunt my nightmares and the other is a spider.

But which one is which? I still can't tell which one is David Bowie. It's like I'm seeing double!

that will be the strangest thing you will say in a hospital "HELP i got bitten by david bowie"

 

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