Parasite named for reggae star Marley

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

This picture released by the National Science Foundation shows a close-up of an adult male gnathiid parasite. Arkansas State University marine biologist Paul Sikkel discovered the tiny blood-sucking marine parasite, a new species within the family of gnathiids, that infests fish on Caribbean coral reefs and named it "Gnathia marleyi" after Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley.  NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION/ASSOCIATED PRESS
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION/ASSOCIATED PRESS
This picture released by the National Science Foundation shows a close-up of an adult male gnathiid parasite. Arkansas State University marine biologist Paul Sikkel discovered the tiny blood-sucking marine parasite, a new species within the family of gnathiids, that infests fish on Caribbean coral reefs and named it "Gnathia marleyi" after Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley.

Arkansas State University marine biologist Paul Sikkel discovered the parasite off the U.S. Virgin Islands a decade ago but it was only recently unveiled as "Gnathia marleyi" as an homage to the singer.

Sikkel says he dubbed the tiny crustacean due to his "respect and admiration" for Marley, who died in 1981.

The National Science Foundation says the creature is a new species within the family of gnathiids, parasites commonly found on coral reefs that are ecologically similar to blood-sucking ticks on land. It infests some fish that inhabit reefs of the shallow eastern Caribbean.

Celebrities such as comedian Stephen Colbert and singer Beyonce have had insects named after them.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/12/12 - 08:36 am
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Is it really an homage to

Is it really an homage to name a "blood-sucking parasite" after someone? I'm sure he'd be...uhh...flattered...

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/12/12 - 08:53 am
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@bdouglas

When I was reading I was thinking the same thing...lol After a spliff I am sure Marley would not mind at all.

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Grace422 07/12/12 - 12:03 pm
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I guess it's the thought that counts???

Not sure how honored I would be to have a blood sucking bug named after me, but I don't expect anything like that happening either. I did adopt a stray black & white cat from the Fulton County Animal Shelter and named him Marley because he was black & white and one cool cat..

Don't worry be happy!!!

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