animal world

New crab species named after Professor Severus Snape

'Harryplax severus' managed to elude researchers for 20 years, just like the fictional teacher who had kept a huge secret for decades.

Biologists have drawn inspiration from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series to name a newly-discovered species of crab. Named after the character Professor Severus Snape, Harryplax severus has eluded researchers for decades just like the teacher who had kept it a secret that he was a double agent working for Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore until he died.

Its genus name Harry is a tribute to researcher Harry Conley. The name is also an allusion to Harry Potter, reported Time.

The species of crab was first collected almost 20 years ago by late researcher Harry Conley along the shores of Guam. It is tiny, measuring just 7.9 by 5.6 millimetres, and managed to evade researchers. Now though, biologists Peter Ng and Jose Christopher E Mendoza have identified it to be a new species altogether.

In their study, Peter Ng and Mendoza said the crab’s name is “an allusion to a notorious and misunderstood character Professor Severus Snape for his ability to keep one of the most important secrets in the story, just like the new species that has eluded discovery until now, nearly 20 years after it was first collected.”

Harry Potter characters have been the inspiration for names of several new creatures recently. Last year, scientists named a new species of spider Eriovixia gryffindori after one of Hogwarts founders Godric Gryffindor. Before that, 66-million-old dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia was named after a former Hogwarts resident, reported The Guardian.

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Bringing your parents into the digital fold can be a rewarding experience

Contrary to popular sentiment, being the tech support for your parents might be a great use of your time and theirs.

If you look up ‘Parents vs technology’, you’ll be showered with a barrage of hilariously adorable and relatable memes. Half the hilarity of these memes sprouts from their familiarity as most of us have found ourselves in similar troubleshooting situations. Helping a parent understand and operate technology can be trying. However, as you sit, exasperated, deleting the gazillion empty folders that your mum has accidentally made, you might be losing out on an opportunity to enrich her life.

After the advent of technology in our everyday personal and work lives, parents have tried to embrace the brand-new ways to work and communicate with a bit of help from us, the digital natives. And while they successfully send Whatsapp messages and make video calls, a tremendous amount of unfulfilled potential has fallen through the presumptuous gap that lies between their ambition and our understanding of their technological needs.

When Priyanka Gothi’s mother retired after 35 years of being a teacher, Priyanka decided to create a first of its kind marketplace that would leverage the experience and potential of retirees by providing them with flexible job opportunities. Her Hong Kong based novel venture, Retired, Not Out is reimagining retirement by creating a channel through which the senior generation can continue to contribute to the society.

Our belief is that tech is highly learnable. And learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school. That is why we have designed specific programmes for seniors to embrace technology to aid their personal and professional goals.

— Priyanka Gothi, Founder & CEO, Retired Not Out

Ideas like Retired Not Out promote inclusiveness and help instil confidence in a generation that has not grown up with technology. A positive change in our parent’s lives can be created if we flip the perspective on the time spent helping them operate a laptop and view it as an exercise in empowerment. For instance, by becoming proficient in Microsoft Excel, a senior with 25 years of experience in finance, could continue to work part time as a Finance Manager. Similarly, parents can run consultation blogs or augment their hobbies and continue to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Advocating the same message, Lenovo’s new web-film captures the void that retirement creates in a person’s life, one that can be filled by, as Lenovo puts it, gifting them a future.


Depending on the role technology plays, it can either leave the senior generation behind or it can enable them to lead an ambitious and productive life. This festive season, give this a thought as you spend time with family.

To make one of Lenovo’s laptops a part of the family, see here.

This article was produced on behalf of Lenovo by the marketing team and not by the editorial staff.