Harryplax

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Harryplax
Harryplax severus, male paratype dorsal.jpg
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Harryplax

Mendoza & Ng, 2017
Type species
Harryplax severus
Mendoza & Ng, 2017

Harryplax is a genus of crab containing the sole species Harryplax severus, native to Guam, where it is found in offshore coral rubble. Measuring 7.9 by 5.6 mm (0.31 by 0.22 in), H. severus occurs at depths of 1 to 7.6 m (3.3 to 24.9 ft). First collected in 1998 and described in 2017, the genus name honors collector Harry T. Conley, as well as the literary character Harry Potter, an allusion to Conley's "uncanny ability to collect rare and interesting creatures as if by magic." The species name alludes to Severus Snape, also from the Harry Potter series.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mendoza, Jose C.E.; Ng, Peter K.L. (2017). "Harryplax severus, a new genus and species of an unusual coral rubble-inhabiting crab from Guam (Crustacea, Brachyura, Christmaplacidae)". ZooKeys. 647: 23–35. doi:10.3897/zookeys.647.11455.
  2. ^ Greshko, Michael (23 January 2017). "Pale, Beady-Eyed Crab Named for Harry Potter". National Geographic News.
  3. ^ Geggel, Laura (23 January 2017). "Accio Crab! Newfound Crab Honors Harry Potter and Professor Snape". Live Science.