There are quite a few curious creatures on the list of novel species for the year 2016. They include among their ranks a damselfly, a crimson fish and a member of the human family tree.
The new discoveries made by the ESF include a top ten list that would bedazzle anyone interested in biology. Among the novels species that have been found are a hominin and an ape that has been given he moniker of “Laia”. Also among the list’s ranks is a giant galapagos turtle. This turtle is a symbol of environmental awareness and the drive for species conservation.
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There are at least two piscean species on the list. They include a seadragon that has red and pink colors and an anglerfish. Three invertebrates are on the list as well. Among them lie a small isopod that creates mud huts for itself.
A beetle is there too and it can travel long distances. Finally, there is a damselfly that has a provocative name. There are two plants: a carnivorous sundew and a tree. Among the nations that had these species among their habitats are: Brazil, Gabon, Ecuador, South Africa, Australia, Spain and Peru.
The 2016 Top 10 New Species are:
1. Giant Tortoise: 185 Years Post-Darwin, a New Species in Galapagos
Location: Galapagos, Ecuador
2. Giant Sundew: Carnivorous Plant Debuts on Social Media
3. Hominin: Family Tree Grows a New Branch
Location: South Africa
4. Isopod: Working as Architect, Builder
5. Anglerfish: Angling for Ugliest
Location: Gulf of Mexico
6. Seadragon: Ruby Red with Pink Stripes
7. Tiny Beetle: Please Look After This Species
8. New Primate: Small Ape with Big Implications
9. Flowering Tree: All the Buzz
10. Sparklewing: Damselfly with a Daring Name
The list is made each year by ESF’s International Institute for Species Exploration. This list is made available for perusal by the public each year on May 23rd in honor of Carolus Linnaeus’ birthday. He is the Swedish Botanist who invented the science of taxonomy.
The list began being compiled on an annual basis in 2008. It represents a race against time to save the species. While many species are becoming endangered and extinct, there are those which are being discovered time after time. The fact of the matter is that many species are being wiped off the face of the earth.
The basic initiative that is being taken is the resolution of the biodiversity conundrum we are currently facing. Everybody knows that when the rainforest goes, so do we. Mankind and the rest of the species will be swept off the face of this planet once we have no more biodiversity.
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There are at least 10 million as-yet undiscovered species on the planet. That is five times more species than have been discovered by science up until now. Scientists find clues about the whereabouts of a species and then get busy trying to spot it in the wild. This species-watching is interesting work indeed.