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Meet Florida Museum ichthyology curator Larry Page and go behind the scenes into the Museum's fish collection. With more than 2.2 million specimens, it is one of the five largest collections in North America and one of the most important in the world. Also see a new species, Lepidocephalichthys zeppelini, named after the band Led Zeppelin. The fish's pectoral fin reminded Auburn University graduate student Justin Havird, co-author of the study describing the new species, of the double-neck guitar used by Led Zeppelin band member Jimmy Page.


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I was a Zoology major in undergrad school and I was never too keen on studying fish, I never took any Ichthyology courses, as the subject was not very interesting to me, so I don't know too much about fish. But I think that lepidocephalus are a type of fish that dwells on the bottom of rivers and lakes and burrows in the sandy bottoms. Seems unusual that they could just invent a name like lepidocephalichthys zeppelini for a new species, lol.

When I saw the title of this thread, I thought that it was going to refer to a type of mudshark found in the waters off the coast of the northwestern US, LOL.

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(44016) Jimmypage

Minor planet number 44016 has been named in honor of Jimmy Page, lead guitarist with Led Zeppelin.

The citation announcing the naming appeared on Minor Planet Circular 49102 (issued on 2003 June 14), from which the following is extracted with permission:

(44016) Jimmypage = 1997 WQ28                                                   
     Discovered 1997 Nov. 30 by M. Armstrong and C. Armstrong at Rolvenden.     
     James Patrick Page (b. 1944), composer, producer and master guitarist, is  
one of the legendary figures in music.  His work as a session man,              
leader of the Yardbirds and the great Led Zeppelin, thrilled a                  
generation of fans and contemporaries and continues to inspire young            


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Here's a picture captured from the link in the original post. The arrow points to the fin that reminded the student-researcher of Jimmy's double-neck Gibson EDS-1275.

Hey, I can see it now! :fisheat:

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