Taylor Swift, the millipede: Scientists name a new species after the singer. The millipedes range between 18 and 38 mm long, have shiny caramel-brown to black bodies with white, red, or orange spots, and have white legs. The males have small, twisted and flattened claws on their anterior legs.

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For those that wondered why, at the end of the article: “The lead author of the study, Derek Hennen, is a fan of Taylor Swift. “Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks,” he says”.


I thought this was an insult at first


So many unthanked and unrecognised scientists out there…


Scientific name: Taylorious Swiftious


I wish naming conventions had meaning to make learning easier for everyone.