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Jeff Daniels Has A Fun Response After Spider-Killing Worm Is Named After Him In Homage To Arachnophobia

Just last week, a new species of tree was named after Leonardo DiCaprio following the Don’t Look Up actor’s efforts to raise awareness about logging in the area where it was discovered. It looks as if naming species after famous actors has become a trend, because now Jeff Daniels is the inspiration for the official name of a new tarantula-killing worm in tribute to his character from the 1990 horror-comedy Arachnophobia.

The scientists over at UC Riverside decided to call the newly-discovered parasite “Tarantobelus jeffdanielsi” in reference to the actor’s leading role in Arachnophobia, who also had a knack for killing spiders and ended up saving his town of a deadly infestation of them. Jeff Daniels shared his thoughts on being the name of a species with these words: 

When I first heard a new species of nematode had been named after me, I thought, ‘Why? Is there a resemblance?’ Honestly, I was honored by their homage to me and Arachnophobia. Made me smile. And of course, in Hollywood, you haven’t really made it until you’ve been recognized by those in the field of parasitology.

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