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Lycosa aragogi is a species of the araneomorph spider family Lycosidae[1] endemic to Kerman Province, Iran.[2] The female holotype measured 26 mm, (excluding the legs), with two black and three white stripes of setae on its cephalothorax, black setae on its chelicerae, and scattered dots and patterns of black and white setae on its abdomen.[2][3]

Lycosa aragogi
Lycosa aragogi.jpg
Holotype female of Lycosa aragogi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Lycosidae
Genus: Lycosa
L. aragogi
Binomial name
Lycosa aragogi

Discovery and namingEdit

This species was named after Aragog, the fictional spider from "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling,[4] as it resembled the animatronic puppet version of this character created for the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.[2] Another reason for this eponymy was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the whole "Harry Potter" series in 2017.[citation needed] The single specimen was collected by Iranian entomologist Alireza Naderi in a mountainous region of southeastern Iran's Kerman Province on 26 April 2016, almost 19 years to the day after Aragog died (20 April 1997, according to the "Harry Potter" series), and later described by arachnologists Anton Nadolny and Alireza Zamani in a paper published in the journal Zootaxa.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bern, Natural History Museum. "NMBE - World Spider Catalog".
  2. ^ a b c Nadolny, Anton A.; Zamani, Alireza (4 July 2017). "A new species of burrowing wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae: Lycosa ) from Iran". Zootaxa. 4286 (4): 597–600. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4286.4.13 – via
  3. ^ a b "Furry 'Harry Potter' Spider Discovered in Mountain Burrow".
  4. ^ "A new spider species has been named after a Harry Potter character". 9 July 2017.