An artistic fish, a cartwheeling spider and a dinosaur nicknamed the “chicken from hell” round out the list of this year’s “Top 10 New Species.”
The alphabetically-ordered list, published annually by the International Institute for Species Exploration at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), highlights some of the most interesting species named within the past year.
ESF says it releases the list in late May to coincide roughly with the birthday of Carl Linnaeus. Born on May 23, 1707, Linnaeus is known as “the father of modern taxonomy” due to his work developing a system for classifying biological organisms.
Our favorite from this year’s list? Probably the sea slug. Slugs just don’t get the attention they deserve.
Check out ESF's top 10 new species of 2015: