New Spider Species Named After Harry Potter Hat

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 8:06am CST | by , Updated: Dec 17 2016, 8:16am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

New Spider Species Named After Harry Potter Hat
Credit: Javed Ahmed
 

The new species of spider bear uncanny resemblance to the sorting hat from Harry Potter series, prompting discoveres to name the species after the owner of the hat

Archeologists have discovered a new species of spider that looks strikingly similar to Sorting Hat from Harry Potter series. 

Measuring just 7 millimeters in length, the odd spider species has a raised structure above its back. In October last year, a team of Indian researchers was surveying the mountainous Western Ghats region of south-western India when they came across the new spider species. The spider has been named after Godric Gryffindor, the fictional character and owner of the magical hat in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The hat was used to place students into one of the four houses at the Hogwarts School while the spider, now named Eriovixia Gryffindori, uses this special feature to blend in with foliage and to escape from potential predators. 

“We were searching the area (when) we bumped into the spider. When we found it we decided that we were going to name it after the sorting hat.” Javed Ahmed, one of three researchers who made the discovery told BBC News.

The genus Eriovixia contains 20 distinctive species, four of which are found in India. The newfound specimen was a female spider that was lurking about 4 feet off the forest floor in a shrub in Karnataka. The spider could be easily confused with other known species of Eriovixia but a thorough examination under a stereo zoom microscope allowed researchers to identify it as a separate new species. 

Javed Ahmed is very fond of reading Harry Potter books since childhood. So, when he encountered this tiny spider, he thought of the magical hat and named the new species after it. The other reason for naming it Eriovixia Gryffindori was to draw the attention towards new species.

“An ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.” Authors wrote in the study.

The discovery of a new spider species has stirred excitement on social media while Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling herself took to Twitter to express her feelings and congratulated the researchers for their discovery.

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