The Finnish Nightwish has received a significant tribute: according to the band, a new species of crab has been named. Fossils of the long-lived crab species were recently found in Austria.

The new species of crab is called “Tanidromites nightwishorum”. Nightwish says on its Facebook page that this is a tribute to the band and especially to the 2015 album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which tells about the evolution of life.

- A new species of crab was discovered in Austria, and it lived towards the end of the Jurassic, about 150 million years ago. At a time when dinosaurs ruled the planet, part of Europe was covered with a warm sea full of life. Tanidromites nightwishorum was found on a fossil coral reef, the band writes on Facebook.

- Thank you to Dr. Adiel A. Klompmaker and his colleagues for this truly wonderful tribute, the band thanks.

Ilta-Sanomat reached Nightwish's lead figure Tuomas Holopainen. He says the band is very taken with respect.

- I only heard about this on Saturday, and I shouted with joy out loud. Such a tribute is one of the best things that can happen to a band. Through this, too, we have got our names in history books, so yes this warms the mind, keyboardist-composer Holopainen rejoices.

Tuomas Holopainen has been well received for the tribute.

Photo: Rio Gandara / HS

Nightwish fans around the world went wild about the news.

- Some musicians may have big houses, expensive cars and a private machine, but Nightwish got its name from the history of science. It’s impressive, one of the fans praises.

- Wow, what an honor! Congratulations, the other congratulates.

This is not the first tribute to the band. Nightwish received significant recognition in 2018 when it was selected for the Hall of Fame music museum in Helsinki. A total of 14 bands or artists were selected from about 300 candidates for the Fame Honorary Gallery of the Music Museum.

Pictured is the band in London in 2018.

Photo: Timo Isoaho

In addition, in 2017, according to Tuomas Holopainen, a new species of mosquito found in Finland was named. The mushroom osprey was scientifically named “Sciophila holopaineni”.

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