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A Hat-Shaped Spider Got a 'Harry Potter'-Inspired Name

The moniker is J.K. Rowling-approved.

A Hat-Shaped Spider Gets a 'Harry Potter'-Inspired Name
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Sorry, Aragog, but there's a new spider in the Wizarding World. 

Scientists in India have discovered a small brown spider that bears a striking resemblance to the famous Sorting Hat featured in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The "uniquely shaped" arachnid was found by Javed Ahmed, Sumukha J.N., and Rajashree Khalap in the Western Ghats mountain range in southwestern India.  

Aside from looking like a creature straight out of Fantastic Beasts, the spider also has a pretty cool name: Eriovixia gryffindori, a moniker inspired by 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," researchers wrote in the Indian Journal of Arachnology.  

J.K. Rowling seemed more than pleased with the recent discovery. 

Welcome to the Potterverse, Eriovixia. 

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