Insect Named After Pink Floyd Album Makes List of Top 10 New Species
Over the course of their career, Pink Floyd have made many Top 10 lists, but this one has to be new for them. A type of damselfly that was named after their 1969 double-LP Ummagumma has made the list of the Top 10 New Species.
According to the State University of New York's College of the Environmental Science and Forestry, which created the list, the sparklewing was one of 60 species of dragonflies and damselflies that were discovered in Africa last year, with this one being found in the Haut-Ogooue Province of Gabon. The genus of the Calopterygidae family to which it belongs is called "Umma," and it was given the species name of "gumma."
The decision to name it as such was the fulfillment of a promise the author made to his travel companion prior to his first expedition 16 years ago. “If you ever discover a new species of the genus Umma," the partner said, "call it Ummagumma like the Pink Floyd album!”
However, the umma gumma is not a furry animal, and it is unknown if it has ever been seen with other species gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict, or spotted at a Grand Vizier's garden party.
Their fourth release, Ummagumma was a half-live, half-studio record. Its name is believed to be Cambridge slang for making love. While it only reached No. 74 in the U.S., it peaked at No. 5 in the U.K., both of which were high points for the band at the time.
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