January 21, 2022

Science: Reference: Top 10 New Species of 2017

From the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)

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).

Read the Complete Announcement (Includes Images and Info About Each Entry)

You will also find the complete 2017 list, descriptions, and images along with several additional resources on the “Top 10 Species” page.

Included on the page is a link to  Top 10  2017 Video and access to lists from previous years.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.