As it does each year, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has compiled a list of the most fascinating plants and animals discovered around the world this year.

The Top 10 New Species of 2017 were announced this week to mark the birth of Carolus Linnaeus, the 18th century Swedish botanist who is considered the father of modern taxonomy.

This year’s list includes an omnivorous rat, a spider that looks like the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter, a bright pink cricket, an orchid with the face of the devil and a marine worm that looks like a fried pastry. There’s also a remarkable millipede with more than 400 legs and an amphibious centipede.

According to ESF, each of the discoveries was made in a different country, including four in Asia (India, Indonesia, Laos and Malaysia); two in South America (Brazil and Colombia); two from North America (Mexico and United States) and two from Oceania (Australia and Papua New Guinea).

The discoveries highlight the importance of protecting our forests through sustainable forestry.

ESF President Quentin Wheeler, says “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.”

Taxonomists have identified more than 18,000 new organisms to science over the past year, and during the decade since the Top 10 list first began, 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. 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.”

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