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Bloodsucking Parasite Named After Bob Marley

Photo: Elizabeth Brill

Scientists have certainly stirred it up some with this: they’ve named
a parasite that feed on blood after the reggae legend Bob Marley.

Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology and a field
marine biologist at Arkansas State University, discovered and just named
after Marley a "gnathiid isopod"–a small parasitic crustacean
blood feeder that infests certain fish that inhabit the coral reefs
of the shallow eastern Caribbean. Sikkel named the species Gnathia marleyi.

Sikkel said, "I named this species, which is truly a natural
wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s
music. Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley."

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