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Bob Marley gets his own species – on Caribbean reefs

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Reggae immortal Bob Marley has joined Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the elite club of those who have biological species named in their honor…In Marley’s case, it’s a small parasitic crustacean blood feeder that infests fish in Caribbean coral reefs, now known as Gnathia marleyi.

“I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music,” Paul Sikkel, a marine biologist at Arkansas State University, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as Marley…”

Caribbean coral reefs are vulnerable to diseases, and Sikkel said his team is studying the relationship between the health of coral reef communities and gnathiid populations.

Bob Marley was one of those wonderful musical talents I will always miss, always love, always enjoy.

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Written by Ed Campbell

July 11, 2012 at 2:00 am

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