There are few things we love more than nerdy scientists naming newly discovered creatures after Harry Potter characters.
Researchers Jose C.E. Mendoza and Peter K.L. Ng from the National University of Singapore published a paper this week in the journal ZooKeys describing a tiny (.03 by .02 inches) species of coral-rubble-dwelling crab from the island of Guam in the western Pacific. Its name? Harryplax severus.
While it’s true the genus is a nod to Harry Potter, it also honors the late researcher and field collector Harry T. Conley for his “uncanny ability to collect rare and interesting creatures as if by magic,” the researchers wrote. Conley first discovered the crab back in 1998, but it wasn’t until now that scientists designated it a new genus and species.
Fans will notice another Harry Potter reference in the species part of the crab’s name. “It is also 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,” the paper states.