A spider and an ant whose names are drawn from references in popular modern-day literature, a brilliant pink katydid and an omnivorous rat are among the discoveries identified by ESF as the Top 10 New Species for 2017.
The 10th annual list, compiled by ESF’s International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE), also includes a strikingly colored freshwater stingray and two plants – a bush tomato that appears to “bleed” when it’s cut and an orchid with the face of the devil.
Two leggy creatures – a millipede with more than 400 legs and an amphibious centipede – crawled onto the list, which is completed by a marine worm that looks a lot like fried pastry.
Four of the new species hail from Asia (India, Indonesia, Laos and Malaysia). The others come from North America (Mexico and United States), South America (Brazil and Colombia) and Oceania (Australia and Papua New Guinea).
You will also find the complete 2017 list, descriptions, and images along with several additional resources on the “Top 10 Species” page.