The Sorting Hat Spider
It looks like the Harry Potter world might be colliding with ours!
On Dec 13, scientific researches Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap and Sumukha Javagal discovered a new species in the central Western Ghats in Karnataka, India – a peculiarly hat-shaped spider.
Being fans of the acclaimed Harry Potter series, it didn’t take long for them to see the resemblance, and they named it Eriovixia gryffindori.
The name comes from Godric Gryffindor, the maker of the infamous Sorting Hat.
The author of the series, JK Rowling herself tweeted her congratulations to the team.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 11, 2016
Ahmed, who’s been studying spiders for almost a decade, told MailOnline that we has a Harry Potter fan, saying: ‘My colleagues and I feel ecstatic; being huge fans of the books and films, it was wonderful to be congratulated by the person from whose imagination stemmed this fantastic world we so relish!’
In a paper published by the Indian Journal of Arachnology, the scientists wrote, “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.”
The spider is nocturnal, measures seven millilitres, and takes refuge in dead, dry leaves where its brown colouring beautifully camouflages it during the day while it’s sleeping.