1. A spider species named after Harry Potter movie character? Read all about it

A spider species named after Harry Potter movie character? Read all about it

Fans of Harry Potter series take a note. Researchers have named a wolf spider crab species after Aragog, a talking arachnid from JK Rowling’s popular series.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 6:04 PM
Spider, Harry Potter, wolf spider crab species , Iran, Lycosa aragogi The spider was spotted in Iran’s mountainous region of Kerman Province. (File photo: Indian Express)

Fans of Harry Potter series take a note. Researchers have named a  wolf spider crab species after Aragog, a talking  arachnid from  JK Rowling’s popular series. They named the new found spider ‘Lycosa aragogi’. Apart from legs, it has a 1-inch-long body, with two black and three white stripes of setae, or hairs, on the upper part of its body.

The report also said that spider has a black setae on appendages near its mouth. Its abdomen is covered with white and black setae.

“The animatronic puppet created for the movie ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ was based on the anatomy of a wolf spider,” said Alireza Zamani, from the University of Tehran. “We found out that there was an extreme similarity between our spider and Aragog as he was depicted in the second film,” Zamani was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

It was spotted in Iran’s mountainous region of Kerman Province. As per the report the large wolf spiders do not build webs, but remain in burrows during the day time and hunt in the night. Zamani said that most of these spiders live for about three years.

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These spiders carry their eggs on their bodies. After spiderlings are born, the mother spider keeps them on her back and feeds them for first few days, he added. “This nurturing behaviour is not so different from that of Aragog, who ‘loved his colony of ‘Acromantulas’ – a fictional species of spider – so much he wouldn’t stop them from devouring Harry Potter and Ron Weasley,” Zamani was quoted as saying by the paper. The research was published in journal Zootaxa.

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