Scientist names parasite after Bob Marley

July 12, 2012, Thursday/ 16:59:00

A tiny blood-sucking parasite that infests fish on Caribbean coral reefs has been named after Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley.

Arkansas State University marine biologist Paul Sikkel discovered the parasite off the US Virgin Islands a decade ago but it was only recently unveiled as “Gnathia marleyi” as an homage to the singer. Sikkel says he so dubbed the tiny crustacean due to his “respect and admiration” for Marley.

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