Bob Marley: Parasite Named After Legendary Musician

    July 12, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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The Bob Marley parasite, or, if you prefer, the “Gnathia marley”, is a tiny, blood-sucking organism that is known to infect fish living on Caribbean coral reefs. Although may believe this isn’t the most fitting homage to a musician who spent his life singing about peace, love and harmony, the man who named the aforementioned parasite probably meant no ill will towards the guy or his legion of devoted followers. Still, you have to admit it’s a little weird.

Paul Sikkel, a marine biologist at Arkansas State University, reportedly discovered the blood sucker over a decade ago, though he just now got around to giving the parasite a name. Why Bob Marley? I’m not entirely sure. Sikkel may have meant it as an homage, but the response from Marley fans has been less than receptive. I guess they don’t want to associate their hero with a creature that sucks fish blood all day. Understandable.

Then again, who’s to say that Bob Marley wouldn’t have been overwhelmingly flattered by the tribute paid by this reggae-loving marine biologist. Maybe the musician would have thought having a parasite named after him was the coolest thing on the planet. The guy was pretty open-minded about a lot of things, so perhaps he wouldn’t have minded at all.

However, according to the blog Parasite of the Day, the naming of this particular parasite violates the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. In short, the name is invalid.

Marley isn’t the first celebrity on the planet to have a creature named after them. John Cleese (Avahi cleesei), Harrison Ford (Calponia harrisonfordi and Pheidole harrisonfordi), Elvis Presley (Preseucoila imallshookupis), and Hugh Hefner (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri) have all enjoyed such an honor from the science community. If you’re curious to see what folks on Twitter think about the Bob Marley parasite, take a peek at the comments below.

  • Ann

    Writing this article to even make this public is disrespectful. Bob marley would never thing a parasite is kool. When was a parasite ever kool????????. He sung about parasites negatively. There are thousands of special, beautiful things in Marine biology choice one of them to name after him.

    • Tuwana

      Amen ann

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  • Tasha

    Like hey let me give thanks that our jamaican celeb name is still on the rise but there is also positive and negative about this. There is must something positive about this fish that stands out like out dear Bob. so no offence taken but if its about the blood suking part then they will have to revoke even thinking of giving that fish Bob’s name.

  • http://yahoo.com teresa brunson

    I think it was very disrespectful to name Bob marley after some parasite. this was a great man who guided his his world which I lived in…..my people. i wish you could have more respect for the DEAD. May God forgive you all for your stupid thoughts.

  • http://yahoo.com teresa brunson

    What is a pot head???????. God made pot and then he said this too is good. now if you choose to over do it then you fall under the ruLES to much of any thing is not good for the human body…but we ALL OVER DO ONE THING OR ANOTHER. MOST OF THESE THING ARE NOT TALKED ABOUT. GET OF IT AND LEGALISE IT. FOR IT IS OF GOD….NOT OF MAN. WHO IS IN CONTROLE OF THIS WORLD (GOD OR MAN IS THE QUESTION??????????????.

  • http://yahoo.com teresa brunson

    I am so mad they put this on here for the world to see. I have party with bob marley and I can say he was the most positive man i ever met in my life. full of love and life for himself and his people.

  • http://webpronews kayleigh

    i dont think they thought of bob marley when they named this parisite.:)

  • CY

    I dunno, I think its kinda fitting.