A newly found millipede species was named after Taylor Swift, in response to a paper revealed in ZooKeys.
Dr. Derek Hennen, an entomologist who accomplished his doctoral diploma at Virginia Tech, found the species known as Nannaria swiftae, or vernacularly, the Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede.
Dr. Hennen shared his discovery on Twitter:
BIG NEWS! Our new paper describing 17 new species of Twisted-Claw Millipedes from Appalachia is revealed! I spent 5 years of my life trying to find them with @Nannaria1 and @apheloria. I named a brand new species after my spouse, and one other after @taylorswift13! https://t.co/QXRT6gk1Px pic.twitter.com/kL4T56P4Qd
— Derek Hennen, Ph.D. (@derekhennen) April 15, 2022
The invention of the species was a part of a paper by Dr. Hennen, together with co-authors Jackson Means and Paul Marek, that recognized 17 new species of Twisted-Claw Millipedes from Appalachia. In keeping with the paper, researchers decided the arthropod named for Swift was a novel species due to the millipede’s genetics and “particular legs.”
The Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede is a “thanks” from Dr. Hennen to Swift since her music has gotten him by “some tough occasions,” he informed NPR.
As a Swift fan, Dr. Hennen retains a few her CDs in his automotive that he cycles by. His favourite songs are “New Romantics” and “betty.”
As a part of his analysis, Dr. Hennen traveled to 17 states — together with Virginia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and New York — seeking millipedes. Typically touring with others, he mentioned he was capable of embody a few of Swift’s music throughout the drives.
He discovered the Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee — a state that additionally marks the beginnings of Swift’s profession. As a youngster, Swift moved to Hendersonville, Tenn., to pursue a rustic music profession in Nashville.
Dr. Hennen mentioned the brand new millipede was discovered on the aspect of the street close to the state park.
He expects the millipede to be fairly nicely protected as a result of it’s in a state park. The brand new millipede was additionally present in just a few different Tennessee counties.