New 'sorting hat' spider named after Gryffindor

The Indian scientists, who are ardent Harry Potter fans, came across the 7mm spider in October last year in the Western Ghats mountain range in south-west India. They have named it Eriovixia gryffindori.
The Indian scientists, who are ardent Harry Potter fans, came across the 7mm spider in October last year in the Western Ghats mountain range in south-west India. They have named it Eriovixia gryffindori.PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

MUMBAI • Indian scientists have discovered a new species of spider that looks like the sorting hat in the Harry Potter stories and named it after its owner Godric Gryffindor, they said yesterday.

The ardent fans of the boy wizard came across the 7mm spider in October last year in the Western Ghats mountain range in south- west India.

"My colleagues and I are geeks and we all thought, Hey this curious little spider looks exactly like the sorting hat," said Mr Javed Ahmed. "So we made a pact that if this turns out to be a new species, we will name it after the sorting hat." The sorting hat is the magical headwear that assigns students to their houses at Hogwarts School.

The scientists named the spider Eriovixia gryffindori.

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