Newly Discovered Spider Named After ‘Harry Potter’ Movie For One INCREDIBLE Reason (IMAGES)
There has just been a new species of spider discovered in India, and scientists are taking inspiration from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” in giving it a brilliant name that suits it perfectly.
The newly discovered spider has a resemblance to the Hogwarts “sorting hat” that is placed on young wizards and witches when they first come to the school. The spider has been dubbed Eriovixia gryffindori, a nod to Gryffindor house – the very place Harry Potter was sorted on his first day at Hogwarts. Indian Journal of Arachnology reported:
“This uniquely shaped spider derives its name from the fabulous, sentient magical artifact, the sorting hat, owned by the (fictitious) medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry…”
To make this even more epic, author J.K. Rowling, tweeted: “I’m truly honored!” for having the spider named after her most-loved character.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 11, 2016
The report says the Eriovixia gryffindori is “a small, cryptic, nocturnal araneid which takes refuge in, and mimics dried foliage, during daylight hours.”
Mark Elgar, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences, says the spider is “probably about half the length of the fingernail on your little finger.”
“It’s camouflaged against the leafy background — that would suggest to me that it is a diurnal, or day-hunting, spider, for the simple reason that if it only came out at night, it wouldn’t need to look like the background because there’s no light.”
Elgar also notes that this spider eats insects and other spiders smaller than itself.
Already, people are going nuts over this incredible spider:
People are calling this “(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.”
This spider is truly magical.