Top 10 New Species For 2017

Posted: May 22 2017, 7:27am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Top 10 New Species for 2017
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The following are the top ten novel species that have been discovered in the current year.

There are several species that have made it to the ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry) list of top ten life forms. They include in their ranks: a spider, an ant and a shocking pink katydid. Then there is a rodent that also happens to be an omnivore.

Finally, a stingray and two plants figure somewhere on the list too. The list was compiled earlier but was completed recently by the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). ESF compiled the first list in 2008.

"During the decade since our first Top 10 list, nearly 200,000 new species have been discovered and named. This would be nothing but good news were it not for the biodiversity crisis and the fact that we're losing species faster than we're discovering them," said ESF President Quentin Wheeler, who is founding director of the IISE.

"The rate of extinction is 1,000 times faster than in prehistory. Unless we accelerate species exploration we risk never knowing millions of species or learning the amazing and useful things they can teach us."

ESF's international committee of taxonomists selects the Top 10 species from among the approximately 18,000 new species named the previous year. Wheeler said that humans are the main factor in rapid extinctions.

"We are altering ecosystems, decimating biodiversity and polluting our waters." he said. "Of all the devastating implications of climate change, none is more dangerous than accelerating species extinction. We can engineer our way through many impacts of climate change but only hundreds of millions of years will repopulate the planet with biodiversity."

Here are the ten new species of 2017:

1. A Spider Named After a Harry Potter Character: Termed the Eriovixia gryffindori, this arachnid hails from India. The small creepy crawly creature gets its scientific name from the character named Godric Gryffindor in the Harry Potter series of books. It can easily camouflage itself as well.

2. Beautiful Pink-Colored Katydid: The Eulophophyllum kirki is to be found in Malaysia. It was discovered by sheer chance. It earns its name from the photographer, Peter Kirk. It looks like a leaf and has bright pink appendages.

3. A Rat That Is Capable of Eating Anything: Called Gracilimus radix, it exists in Indonesia. It can eat both plants and animals. Thus it is an omnivore. It is slim and tiny with greyish brown fur.

4. A Millipede with Lots of Legs: Termed the Illacme tobini, this critter has 414 legs. It also grows several new legs during its lifetime. The insect is shaped like a thread and has no eyes.

5. A Fierce Ant Worthy of its Reputation: Called Pheidole dragon, this merciless ant hails from Papua New Guinea. Its spine-shaped back has lent it the title of dragon. While the knobby spine may serve as a weapon, it also has other functions such as serving as an area for muscular attachment.

6. Stingray that is the King: Said to bear the scientific name of Potamotrygon rex, this marine life form is found in the waterways of Brazil. It is a large animal and may weigh a lot as well.

7. Endangered Centipede: This creature is called Scolopendra cataracta and is found in the regions comprising Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It can dive into water and survive there as well.

8. Bush Tomato with Strange Monicker: Termed the Solanum ossicruentum, this novel species of tomato starts out its life cycle as a blood red fruit and later on becomes bony in consistency. Thus it has earned the name “ossi” for bony and “cruentum” for bloody. It is found in the Land Down Under (Australia).

9. Devilish Orchid: This one is a plant species from Columbia, the land of vegetation and fruits, and it is called Telipogon diabolicus. Its appearance seems to mimic a devil’s head.

10. The Churro Marine Worm: From Mexico, this marine worm looks like fried pastry when seen from afar. It bears the scientific name Xenoturbella churro. Its diet consists of mullusks.

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