'Punk rock' snail named for the Clash's Joe Strummer

December 17, 2014 12:57 AM

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Scientists have named a spiky shelled, deep-sea snail after Joe Strummer, the late lead vocalist and guitarist from the famed British punk band the Clash.

The researchers say the name highlights the "hardcore" nature of the snail, now known as Alviniconcha strummeri, which lives in one of the hottest, most acidic environments on the planet -- right up against hydrothermal vents in the Indian and western Pacific oceans.

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