Taylor Swift has had a new species of millipede named after her.
Dr. Derek Hennen has revealed the names of some of the 17 species of insect that he and his team at Virginia Tech – which also consists of Dr. Jackson Means and Dr. Paul Marek – had shared in the new paper from ZooKeys.
The Nannaria swiftae, or Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede, was discovered in the US state of Tennessee and was ascribed the name by Hennen as he is a big fan of the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker.
In a Twitter post over the weekend, Hennen wrote: "I wanted to show my appreciation by naming this new species from Tennessee after her. A high honour!"
The scientists revealed that Taylor's music helped him get through his education and he wanted to pay tribute to the artists with the millipede.
He explained: "Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks."