In A newly discovered species of lizard in Peru has been named after Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. The lizard was discovered in a nature reserve in the Amazon region in northern Peru, the Peruvian nature conservation agency Sernanp announced. The rainforest-dwelling reptile will now be given the scientific name “Enyalioides dickinson” “in honor of Paul Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden,” the authority explained.
The agency did not disclose whether the scientists who discovered and named the lizard included any heavy metal fans. However, it is certain that the band, founded in London in 1975, also has many fans in the South American country.
The newly discovered species of lizard was characterized by an orange head, green body and short legs. Another previously unknown species of lizard was also discovered in the same area, which the researchers named “Enyalioides cyanocephalus”.