Scientists reveal the incredible top 10 new species of 2017

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From a spider that looks like the sorting hat in Harry Potter, to a deep sea worm that looks like a churro, researchers have revealed the top ten new species for 2017. 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. 'During the decade since our first Top 10 list, nearly 200,000 new species have been discovered and named. 'This would be nothing but good news were it not for the biodiversity crisis and the fact that we're losing species faster than we're discovering them,' said ESF President Dr Quentin Wheeler, the founding director of the IISE. 'The rate of extinction is 1,000 times faster than in prehistory. 'Unless we accelerate species exploration, we risk never knowing millions of species or learning the amazing and useful things they can teach us.' Dr Wheeler said that the largest factor causing rapid extinctions is humans. 'We are altering ecosystems, decimating biodiversity and polluting our waters,' he said. 'Of all the devastating implications of climate change, none is more dangerous than accelerating species extinction. 'We can engineer our way through many impacts of climate change but only hundreds of millions of years will repopulate the planet with biodiversity.' The institute's committee of taxonomists select the top 10 every year from among approximately 18,000 new specie discovered the previous year. The list is made public ever year around May 23 to celebrate the birthday of Carl Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish zoologist who created the binomial tradition of scientific nomenclature - such as Homo sapiens for humans.

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