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Eriovixia gryffindori, named for the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter series. Photo Credit: J.N. Sumukha. Eriovixia gryffindori, named for the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter series
Photo Credit: J.N. Sumukha.

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Top 10 New Species of 2017

Every year the International Institute for Species Exploration at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry announces the ten new species from the past year. Here you can read about the top ten species of 2017.

The list includes a spider that looks like the animate Sorting Hat of the Harry Potter novels; a rat that eats vegetation and not just meat; a swimming centipede; an orchid from Columbia that bears a resemblence to a devil; a marine worm found a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico; a Bornean katydid that uses color to mimic brilliant pink leaves; a millipede with 414 legs—and counting; a brilliantly spotted freshwater stingray found only in the Tocantins River in Brazil; an ant that resembles a Game of Thrones dragon; and a spiky bush tomato named by 150 Pennsylvania middle school biology students.

Species were chosen by a committee of 10 international scientists from nominations made by the public of species officially described as new during 2016.

Check out 2018's top new species and then explore taxonomy-related resources from Science NetLinks:

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