‘Magical’ New Crab Species is Named After A Beloved Harry Potter Character

A pale, nearly translucent new crab species has been named in honor of two Harry Potter characters, as well as the man who discovered them.

The new crab, called Harryplax severus, lives along the coasts of Guam, as reported in National Geographic, amongst rubble beds and patches of dead coral. According to descriptions, the creature is milky yellow, has beady eyes, and spends most of its time skulking in the shadows.

So naturally, they named it after our favorite potions master, Severus Snape.

According to National University of Singapore biologists Jose Mendoza and Peter Ng, the new crab’s name honors the Harry Potter character who kept:

“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.”

Via World Register of Marine Species

Mendoza, a self-proclaimed “Potterhead,” says the genus name — Harryplax — carries a double meaning.

Along with referencing Harry Potter himself, it’s also named for the man who discovered the crab, Harry Conley, an amateur collector who found specimens of the crab in 1998 and 2001. Conley died tragically in 2002, and his collection was left to biologist Gustav Pauley, who passed them on to Ng, an expert.

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