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Newly discovered crab species named after Harry Potter characters

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 11:44:29-05

A newly-discovered species of crab has been named after several Harry Potter characters.

According to National Geographic, the crab – Harryplax severus — lives in deep rubble beds or patches of dead coral fragments along the coasts of Guam.

Harryplax severus

Harryplax severus

National University of Singapore biologists Jose Mendoza and Peter Ng say in the new ZooKeys study describing Harryplax severus that the name primarily honors field collector Harry T. Conley, who collected many creatures from the rubble beds of Guam. But the biologists also say they’re paying tribute to J.K. Rowling’s famous characters – Harry Potter and Professor Severus Snape.

They say like Harry Potter, Harry Conley had an uncanny ability to collect rare and interesting creatures, as if by magic.

This isn’t the first time a new species has been named after a Harry Potter character. Scientists in India recently named a new species of spider Eriovixia gryffindori, a nod to Gryffindor house, into which Harry Potter himself was sorted on his first day as a Hogwarts student.


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