From an Ant That Looks Like a Dragon to a 414-legged Millipede : Here's Top 10 New Species of 2017
A New York university's annual list of the 10 most bizarre new species discovered in the animal and plant kingdoms has been topped by a mini spider named after a hat from the "Harry Potter" series.
The 10th annual list also includes a pink insect that bares a striking resemblance to a leaf, a tomato that appears to bleed when its cut, and a polka dot sting ray.
During the decade since the first list was compiled in 2008, almost 200,000 new species have been discovered - but experts warn we risk not discovering many other species as extinction rates rise.
The list, compiled by the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science's International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE), includes four species found in Asia (India, Indonesia, Laos and Malaysia).
Others on the list come from Mexico, the US, Brazil, Colombia, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Here are the top 10 for 2017:
(In alphabetical order by scientific name)
1. “Sorting Hat” Spider (Eriovixia gryffindori). Location: India
2. Unexpected Katydid (Eulophophyllum kirki). Location: Malaysia
3. Omnivorous Root Rat (Gracilimus radix). Location: Indonesia
414-legged Millipede (Illacme tobini). Location: United States
“Dragon” Ant (Pheidole drogon). Location: Papua New Guinea
Freshwater Stingray (Potamotrygon rex). Location: Brazil
Swimming Centipede (Scolopendra cataracta). Location: Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
Bush Tomato (Solanum ossicruentum). Location: Australia
Endangered Orchid (Telipogon diabolicus). Location: Colombia
“Churro” Marine Worm (Xenoturbella churro). Location: Mexico