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2015 ESF Top 10 New Species

An international committee of taxonomists selected the top 10 from among the approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year and released the list to coincide with the May 23 birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy.


The 2015 Top Ten
Alphabetical order by scientific name - species are not ranked


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2015 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— División Zoologia Invertebrados— Museo de La Plata, Argentina
  • Dr. Andrew Polaszek— Natural History Museum, England
  • Dr. Ellinor Michel— Natural History Museum, England
  • Dr. Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho— Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
  • Prof. Aharon Oren — The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dr. Alan Paton— Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, England
  • Dr. James A. Macklin— Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
  • Dr. Zhi-Qiang Zhang— Landcare Research, New Zealand

A news release is available on request.

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Top 10 mosaic

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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, and in advancing cybertaxonomy, the application of cyber and digital tools to accelerate and improved comparative morphology, descriptive taxonomy, and phylogenetic classification.

The top 10 list is released each year on or about Carolus Linnaeus’ birthday on May 23rd. 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.

What on Earth book

What on Earth?
by Quentin Wheeler and Sara Pennak

What on Earth? is a compendium of the 100 coolest, weirdest, and most intriguing new species of this century as determined by the International Institute for Species Exploration.