Harry Potter inspires the name of a new species of crab
As biologists Jose Mendoza and Peter Ng outlined in their ZooKeys study on the crab, the species (severus) is “an allusion to a notorious and misunderstood character in the Harry Potter novels, Professor Severus Snape, for his ability to keep one of the most important secrets in the story, just like the present new species which has eluded discovery until now, nearly 20 years after it was first collected.”
And while the genus (Harryplax) does serve as a great nod to the titular boy wizard at the center of author J.K. Rowling’s popular series of novels, it’s actually a reference to Harry Conley, the man who discovered it. Though as Mendoza and Ng outline in their study, it’s a particular apt choice as it honors Conley’s “uncanny ability to collect rare and interesting creatures as if by magic.”
Newt Scamander would be proud.