New Delhi, December 13, 2016: In the forests of Karnataka, a new species of spiders has been discovered and is named after Godric Gryffindor – a character from J K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series.
The uniquly shaped spider is like the Sorting Hat of ‘Harry Potter’ series and it was owned by the medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor.
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According to PTI, “The name ‘Eriovixia gryffindori’ is an ode to the “magic lost and found” – in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but often overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.”
Researchers wrote in the study published in the Indian Journal of Arachnology, “The spider is a small, cryptic, nocturnal araneid which takes refuge in and mimics dried foliage, during daylight hours.”
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Researchers said that they are globally represented by 20 species, four of them occur in India. Members of the genus Eriovixia Archer are characterised by sub-triangular abdomen, tapering posterior and spiny legs.
The new species of spider was found in the ‘Kans’ of Shivamogga in Karnataka – specialised forest lands harbouring unique microclimatic conditions and consisting of evergreen and semi-evergreen vegetation, surrounded by deciduous forest.
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During a survey of the ‘Kans’ of central western ghats, researchers Javed Ahmed and Rajashree Khalap from Mumbai found a female specimen of the spider.
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