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Lou Reed Inspires Name Of New Spider

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
5/25/2012 12:10am EDT

Lou Reed

A newly-discovered genus of spider has been named after rocker Lou Reed.

An international group of biologists recently stumbled across the never-before-seen velvet spiders, which live underground, and decided to use the former Velvet Underground frontman as inspiration when coming up with a name.

According to, the arachnid, now called Loureedia annulipes, lives in Israel.

Reed now joins a select group of celebrities who have had spiders named in their honour - among them, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.

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Photo Credits: Landmark / PR Photos

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