Meet the World's Top Discovered Species of 2017


2016 proved to be a very successful year for scientists, with over 18,000 plant and animal species being discovered.

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry compiles a list of their Top 10 new species every year, and has sorted through over 200,000 species since they started ranking them in 2008.

This year, Eriovixia gryffindor took the top spot.  (English, please...)  The Sorting Hat Spider.  The new species was named after Godric Gryffindor, the original owner of the Sorting Hat in "Harry Potter."

If it terrifies you, don't worry, because it is only found in the forests of central Western Ghats, India.

The Top 10 list also includes a bright pink katydid, an root-eating island rat, a swimming centipede, a bleeding tomato, and a blind, poisonous millipede with 414 legs.

And if that's not enough, there's this guy, Pheidole drogon, a spiny ant named after two dragons from "Game of Thrones."

To check out the school's entire Top 10 list, go to Los Angeles Times


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