Find Out Why This New Species Of Crab Is Named After Harry Potter Characters!

Admin | Published 2017-02-14 01:36
JK Rowling's, series of Harry Potter movies may have ended, but the characters surely remain in our hearts; as well as on zoology books and in the animal kingdom, forever. Peter Ng and his colleague, Jose Mendoza at the National University of Singapore have identified a new species of quirky crustacean. Uncovered beneath coral rubble in the reefs off the coast of Guam, was a pale, black-eyed crab, the experts didn't know exists until just a few years ago.

JK Rowling must create a film featuring H.severus species (c) sciencenews.org

  Amateur researcher, Harry Conley, discovered the translucent crab under the reef rocks in 2001. Two specimens of the crabs were then sent to the lab of the National University of Singapore. In the study published in the ZooKeys, Ng and Mendoza revealed details of the creature, and named it Harryplax severus. According to researchers, they chose the name to honor Harry Conley for discovering the species, also because Mendoza is a Harry Potter fanatic. Maybe Mendoza had a Hogwart's vibe when he first saw the crabs. We're not sure. Nonetheless, there's no reason not to name it after the characters of the popular film. If you're also a Harry Potter fan, you may have already guessed where they got the species designation severus. Right, it's from our beloved character Severus Snape. Many Harry Potter followers love Snape because of his elusive character. Everyone who saw the series of film was surely staggered with Snape's story. The root of taxonomy is now becoming clear, at least on our end. Species of H. severus were first found in the dark caves located on Christmas Island. Its small beady eyes, well-developed antennae, washed-out coloration and long legs do seem like dreamy features you might have felt while watching the movie. It's starting to be convincing, the crabs suit Snape's dimy sanctuary where he keeps his massive collection of prickly potions. Source: Zookeys  
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