Phialella zappai

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Phialella zappai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Hydrozoa
Order: Leptomedusae
Suborder: Conica
Family: Phialellidae
Genus: Phialella
Species: P. zappai
Binomial name
Phialella zappai
Boero, 1987

Phialella zappai is a species of cnidarian named for musician Frank Zappa.[1] It was named by Ferdinando "Nando" Boero, a jellyfish expert from Genova, Italy who wrote to Zappa hoping to meet the musician whom he admired. Zappa replied saying "there is nothing I would like better than having a jellyfish with my name" leading to a meeting, and eventually a friendly acquaintance, between the biologist and the musician.[2]

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