Heavy rocker Dave Mustaine is celebrating after learning of a creepy new honour - a new species of deadly spider has been named after him.

The Aphonopelma Davemustainei tarantula was recently discovered in New Mexico and Arizona.

The Megadeth frontman took to Twitter.com to share the news with fans, writing, "How cool is this? I got my own tarantula named after me! Totally metal!!!"