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2018 Top 10 New Species

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The 2018 Top 10 Listed in alphabetical order by scientific name — species are not ranked


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2018 Top 10 Video

2018 Species Selection Committee

Members of the international selection committee are:

  • Dr. Antonio G. Valdecasas, chair — Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC,Spain
  • Dr. Cristina Damborenea — Museo de La Plata, Argentina
  • Dr. James A. Macklin — Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
  • Dr. Ellinor Michel — Natural History Museum, United Kingdon
  • Prof. Aharon Oren — The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dr. Alan Paton — Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Andrew Polaszek— Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Menno Schilthuizen — Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Dr. John Sullivan — NIH/NLM/NCBI

  • Dr. Zhi-Qiang Zhang — Landcare Research, New Zealand


A news release is available on request.

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The ESF International Institute for Species Exploration

The International Institute for Species Exploration is dedicated to

  • the exploration, inventory, and classification of earth’s species
  • public awareness of the biodiversity crisis
  • advocacy for the important roles played by taxonomy and natural history museums
  • the advancement of cybertaxonomy and the application of cyber and digital tools to accelerate and improve comparative morphology, descriptive taxonomy, and phylogenetic classification
What on Earth book

What on Earth?
by Quentin Wheeler and Sara Pennak

...a compendium of the 100 coolest, weirdest, and most intriguing new species of this century as determined by the IISE.

The Top 10 New Species list is released around May 23 each year in to coincide with the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus. Linnaeus is the “Father of Taxonomy” and his work in the mid-18th century was the beginning point for “modern” naming and classification of plants and animals.

Special Thanks

We thank Dr. Z.-Q. Zhang, New Zealand Arthropod Collection, editor of Zootaxa, for generously granting access to the journal as the Top 10 species were researched.