List of organisms named after the Harry Potter series
Newly created taxonomic names in biological nomenclature often reflect the discoverer's interests or honour those the discoverer holds in esteem. This is a list of real organisms with scientific names chosen to reference the fictional Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
- Clevosaurus sectumsemper is an extinct Gloucester lizard. It is named after the sectumsempra curse.
- Dracorex hogwartsia is an extinct species of dinosaur in the family Pachycephalosauria. Its name means "Dragon king of Hogwarts".
- Ampulex dementor is a species of cockroach wasp. It is named after the dementors, guards of Azkaban prison who suck the souls of those they encounter.
- Aname aragog is a species of spider in the family Nemesiidae, named after Aragog, a fictional spider owned by Rubeus Hagrid.
- Eriovixia gryffindori is a species of Orb-weaver spider named after the Hogwarts house Gryffindor; the spider resembles the sorting hat which separates new Hogwarts students into their houses.
- Graphorn is a genus of stink bug named after the graphorn, a dangerous magical creature from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- Harryplax severus is a species of pseudozioid crab. According to the publication first describing both the genus and species, the genus name Harryplax was chosen both to honor Harry T. Conley and as an allusion to Harry Potter. The genus is monotypic, with H. severus as its only member species. The species name refers to Severus Snape, a teacher and headmaster of Hogwarts.
- Lusius malfoyi is a species of parasitoid wasp found in New Zealand. The species name was chosen to reference Lucius Malfoy, the parent of one of Harry's classmates at Hogwarts. The genus Lusius was first described in 1903 and is not a Harry Potter reference.
- Lycosa aragogi is a species of wolf spider named after the spider Aragog, owned by Rubeus Hagrid.
- Ochyrocera aragogue is a species of spider in the family Ochyroceratidae. It is also named after Hagrid's pet Aragog.
- Thestral is genus of stink bug named after thestrals, elusive and magical winged horses which pull carriages carrying students from Hogsmeade train station.
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- "Aname aragog". Western Australian Museum Online Collections. 2017-02-14. Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 Jan 2018.
- Harvey, Frances S. B.; Framenau, Volker W.; Wojcieszek, Janine M.; Rix, Michael G.; Harvey, Mark S. (2012). "Molecular and morphological characterisation of new species in the trapdoor spider genus Aname (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Nemesiidae) from the Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3383: 15–38. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3383.1.3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2017. Retrieved 15 Jan 2018.
- Weisberger, Mindy (13 Dec 2016). "Hat-Shaped Spider Named for Magical Object in 'Harry Potter'". Live Science. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018.
- Faúndez, Eduardo I.; Rider, David A.; Carvajal, Mariom A. (2017). "Graphorn bicornutus, a new genus and a new species from Argentina (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)" (PDF). Arquivos Entomolóxicos. 17: 285–288.
- 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. PMC 5345348. PMID 28325962.
- Greshko, Michael (23 January 2017). "Pale, Beady-Eyed Crab Named for Harry Potter". National Geographic News.
- Geggel, Laura (23 January 2017). "Accio Crab! Newfound Crab Honors Harry Potter and Professor Snape". Live Science.
- Pearlman, Jonathan (10 Oct 2017). "New Zealand wasp named after Harry Potter character Lucius Malfoy". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018.
- Ainge Roy, Elanor (10 Oct 2017). "Lusius malfoyi wasp: New Zealand insect named after Harry Potter villain". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018.
- Saunders, Thomas E.; Ward, Darren F. (2017). "A new species of Lusius (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand". New Zealand Entomologist. 40 (2): 72–78. doi:10.1080/00779962.2017.1357427.
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- Brescovit, Antonio (2018). "Seven new species of the spider genus Ochyrocera from caves in Floresta Nacional de Carajás, PA, Brazil". ZooKeys (726): 87–130. doi:10.3897/zookeys.726.19778. PMC 5799772. PMID 29416386. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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