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'Hasselhoff Crab' Discovered: Yeti Crab Named After Actor

Hasselhoff Crab

First Posted: 01/06/12 03:34 PM ET Updated: 01/06/12 03:37 PM ET

Forget being roasted on national television, starring in your own reality show or being the poster child for red swim trunks, how do you know when you've really made a name for yourself? When you've also made a name for a new genre of the infraorder Brachyura -- or rather, crabs. And that's exactly what the distinguished David Hasselhoff has done.

After scientists discovered a new type of Yeti crab, they noticed that this crawler had an unusually hairy chest and dubbed their new quite furry friend, the "Hasselhoff." The crab reportedly lives approximately 2,500 meters below water, on the Southern Ocean floor of the Antarctic.

But Hasselhoff isn't the only star to receive such an honor. Celebs like Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Mick Jagger and even Charlie Chaplin have also been the inspiration when it comes to naming some of our planet's smallest life forms.

Check out all of these stars who've lent their names to an organism.


Check out the new Yeti "Hoff" crab below:


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