New lizard discovered in Peru: Named after Iron Maiden frontman

A specimen of "enialioides dickinsoni", the scientific name of the newly discovered lizard, was found at the same time as another new species, "enialioides cianocephalus", in the humid forests of the Amazon region, in the north-east of Peru

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Bruce Dickinson, Photo: Shutterstock
Bruce Dickinson, Photo: Shutterstock

A lizard of a hitherto unknown species was discovered in the Peruvian jungle, and it was named in honor of Bruce Dickinson, the singer and frontman of the famous British heavy metal band "Iron Maiden", announced the National Nature Protection Service of Peru.

A specimen of "enialioides dickinsoni", the scientific name of the newly discovered lizard, was found at the same time as another new species, "enialioides cianocephalus", in the humid forests of the Amazon region, in the north-east of Peru.

"The species was named after Paul Bruce Dickinson, the singer of the legendary heavy metal band 'Iron Maiden'," said the service there, without specifying whether the scientists behind this discovery include fans of heavy metal music.

Bruce Dickinson (65) is the singer of a group founded in 1975 in London, which is considered one of the most important and representative in its genre.

The band has fans all over the world, and apparently also in Peru, where it has already performed several times.

"Enialioides dickinsoni" is distinguished by its orange head, green body and short legs, it was announced.

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