Brezinacantha tolis

Brezinacantha tolis

Brezinacantha tolis
 
Reconstruction of a prehistoric brittle star (ophiuroid) late Cretaceous made for the Rock Fossils on Tour gig at Natural History Museum, Luxembourg, summer 2018.

Etymology: Species named after Sakis and Themis Tolis, founding members of a Greek Black Metal band, to honour their unorthodox yet powerful approach to music. The ophiuroids described herein merit in many ways a Black-Metal-referenced name: they gathered in great numbers in a spooky, toxic environment on top of their dead predecessors’ remains. The species name is entirely the responsibility of the lead author, Ben Thuy.

Photos of Sakis Tolis and Brezinacantha tolis trophy by Rotting Christ