Potterheads will know their facts about the oh so wise Sorting Hat at Hogwarts and its close affinity towards Gryffindor!
Well, with Fantastic Beasts finding their way in to the Muggle world, scientists seem to be just as intrigued as little children are with the world of magic and wizardry.
Scientists Ahmed and Rajashree Khalap, who happen to be to be avid fans of the novel by the British author JK Rowling, published a paper in the Indian Journal of Arachnology under the heading of ‘Etymology’ in which they officially named a newly discovered species of spider apparently by the name "Eriovixia Gryffindori". It is named after the famous Sorting Hat since the bizarre-looking arachnid found in southwest India looks like it!
Their write up reads, “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, and stemming from the powerful imagination of Ms JK Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone’s favourite boy-wizard, Harry Potter.”
The brown coloured, triangular shaped spider plays defensive by camouflaging itself by blending into surrounding dry leaves in its environment while it sleeps and is about 7mm in length. It is not poisonous though, it might be as mischievous as the Sorting Hat, who knows!
Rowling seemed to be rather pleased with this honour and tweeted,
"I'm truly honoured!" she wrote. "Congratulations on discovering another #FantasticBeast!"
When asked why didn't they go for the original arachnid - The Aragog, Ahmed said, "The biodiversity here is staggering and home to many "fantastic beasts". Western Ghats Mountains are about 990 miles along India's western coast.
"We might name another cool spider after Aragog!"
Some Spiders eh?
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