A newly discovered species of tarantula, a hairy and very large arachnid belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, has been named after MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine.
The spider, which was given the Latin-sounding name Aphonopelma Davemustainei, was recently discovered in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona by Brent E. Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Mustaine posted a picture of both the male and female Aphonopelma Davemustainei on Twitter and Facebook with the following words: “How cool is this? I got my own tarantula named after me! Totally metal!!!”
Currently, there are more than 850 formally recognized tarantula species in the world. It is speculated that there are at least double that amount actually in existence. As more expeditions are conducted into the remote regions of the world, more are discovered every year.