New species of spider discovered, named after Harry Potter character


There is a new species of spider that has been recently discovered by scientists from in the Western Ghats, and no, they have nothing to do with the giant acromantulas in Harry Potter. You can breathe that sigh of relief. The new spider is tiny and looks like the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter books. It measures only 7mm in length (Ron Weasleys out there, beware)!


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Discovered in the Kaans forest of Karnataka by naturalists Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap, and Sumukha Javagal, the new finding was published in the Indian Journal of Archaeology on Saturday. Ahmed, who was very fond of reading Harry Potter as a child, was the source for the spider’s name. Because it reminded him so much of the Sorting Hat, it was named Eriovixia gryffindori, after the founder of Gryffindor House, Godric Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat was actually owned by Gryffindor, before it was enchanted into sorting new students into the different Hogwarts houses.

Ahmed also tweeted to J.K. Rowling, informing her of their find and its name, and she replied with full enthusiasm, congratulating them on finding another Fantastic Beast!



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