Each year since 2008, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been compiling a list of the top ten species discoveries in the previous year.
The list is put together by an international committee of taxonomists from ESF’s International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE).
“In the past half-century we have come to recognise that species are going extinct at an alarming rate. It is time that we accelerate species exploration, too. Knowledge of what species exist, where they live, and what they do will help mitigate the biodiversity crisis and archive evidence of the life on our planet that does disappear in the wild,”
Dr. Quentin Wheeler, ESF president and founding director of the IISE.
This year’s list includes a foot long sea dragon, a early relative of humans, and plant species discovered via Facebook.