Scientists have already identified more than 2 million species, yet there are still millions more left to discover. Every year, about 18,000 new species are discovered. While the most common ones being insects, mammals and plants do make it to the list as well, although rare. Here are the top 10 new species of 2017 as listed by the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE).
01. “Sorting Hat” Spider
Scientific Name: Eriovixia gryffindori | Location: India | Image Credit: Sumukha J.N.
02. Unexpected Katydid
Scientific Name: Eulophophyllum kirki | Location: Malaysia | Image Credit: Peter Kirk
03. Omnivorous Root Rat
Scientific Name: Gracilimus radix | Location: Indonesia | Image Credit: Kevin Rowe, Museums Victoria
04. 414-legged Millipede
Scientific Name: Illacme tobini | Location: United States | Image Credit: Not Given
05. “Dragon” Ant
Scientific Name: Pheidole drogon | Location: Papua New Guinea | Image Credit: Masako Ogasawara
06. Freshwater Stingray
Scientific Name: Potamotrygon rex | Location: Brazil | Image Credit: Marcelo R. De Carvalho
07. Swimming Centipede
Scientific Name: Scolopendra cataracta | Location: Laos, Thailand and Vietnam | Image Credit: Siriwut, Edgecombe, Panha
08. Bush Tomato
Scientific Name: Solanum ossicruentum | Location: Australia | Image Credit: Jason T. Cantley
Scientific Name: Telipogon diabolicus | Location: Colombia | Image Credit: M. Kolanowska
10. “Churro” Marine Worm
Scientific Name: Xenoturbella churro | Location: Mexico | Image Credit: Greg Rouse
Do you think most of these ‘new’ species are simply our older ones that have adapted to the Nature, that we as humans have altered, for their survival?
Fascinating. Nature never fails to amaze.
Great post! Very cool to see.
It’s amazing how many more species we have yet to discover. 😎
What will be discovered is inconsequential compared to higher life forms that are endangered like Florida panther, elephants, fish in Pacific from Fukishima radiation and certain tigers. Eventually only a few animals will exist( an exaggeration of course. These will be food animals like chicken, beef, goat and pork.
very interesting and beautiful. although some of them frighten me if I see them in person 😀 (fear of insects)