David Bowie has had a rare Malaysian spider named after him, by German spider expert Peter Jäger.
The newly discovered giant yellow spider has been named Heteropoda davidbowie in tribute to rock legend Bowie.
Jäger, who has identified 200 new species of spider in the last decade says he hopes to raise awareness of the endangered insects, saying: “It is working against time. Along with the species, we are also quickly losing genetic resources that have evolved over more than 300 million years.”
Neil Young, is another rocker who has had a species of spider named after him. In May 2008, the name ‘Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi’ was bestowed on a newly discovered trapdoor spider in California.