Top ten species

The ESF Top 10 New Species

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



Species Vernacular name Article citation DOI Suppl. Mat. Open Access Access Cost BLR Other
Anzu wyliei ‘Chicken from Hell’ Lamanna, Matthew C., Sues, Hans-Dieter, Schachner, E. R., and T. R. Lyson. 2014. A new large-bodied Oviraptorosaurian Theropod dinosaur from the Latest Cretaceous of Western North America. PLoS One 9: e92022. 10.1371/journal.pone.0092022   Y n/a N  
Balanophora coralliformi Coral Plant: Atypical Tubers Pelser, Pieter B., Tandang, Danilo N., and Julie F. Barcelona. 2014. Balanophora coralliformis (Balanophoraceae), a new species from Mt. Mingan, Luzon, Philippines. Phytotaxon 170: 291-295. 10.11646/phytotaxa.170.4.7   Y n/a N  
Cebrennus rechenbergi Cartwheeling Spider Jäger, P. 2014. 1992. Cebrennus Simon, 1880 (Araneae: Sparassidae): a revisionary up-date with the description of four new species and an updated identification key for all species. Zootaxa 3790(2): 319-356 . 10.11646/zootaxa.3790.2.4   Y n/a Y  
Dendrogramma enigmatica X-Phyla Just, Jean, Kristensen, Reinhardt Møbjerg, and Jørgen Olesen (2014) Dendrogramma, New Genus, with Two New Non-Bilaterian Species from the Marine Bathyal of Southeastern Australia (Animalia, Metazoa incertae sedis) — with Similarities to Some Medusoids from the Precambrian Ediacara. PLOS One 9: 1-11. 10.1371/journal.pone.0102976   Y n/a N  
Deuteragenia ossarium Bone-house Wasp Michael Staab, Michael Ohl, Chao-Dong Zhu, and Alexandra-Maria Klein. 2014. A unique nest-protection strategy in a new species of spider wasp. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101592. 10.1371/journal.pone.0101592   Y n/a N  
Limnonectes larvaepartus Indonesian Frog Djoko T. Iskandar, Ben J. Evans, and Jimmy A. McGuire. 2014. A novel reproductive mode in frogs: A new species of fanged frog with internal fertilization and birth of tadpoles. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115884. 10.1371/journal.pone.0115884   Y n/a] N  
Phryganistria tamdaoensis Walking Stick Bresseel, Joachim and Jerome Constant (2014) Giant sticks from Vietnam and China, with three new taxa including the second longest insect known to date (Phasmatodea, Phasmatidae, Clitumninae, Pharnaciini). European Journal of Taxonomy 104: 1-38. 10.5852/ejt.2014.104   Y n/a N  
Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum Sea Slug Moore, Elizabeth and Terrence Gosliner. 2014. Additions to the genus Phyllodesmium, with a phylogenetic analysis and its implications to the evolution of symbiosis. The Veliger 51: 237-251. N    ?  ? N
Tillandsia religiosa Bromeliad Rodrigo Hernández-Cárdenas, Edith González-Rocha, Adolfo Espejo-Serna, Ana Rosa López-Ferrari, Rosa Cerros-Tlatilpa, and Renate Ehlers. 2014. Tillandsia religiosa, a new species from the state of Morelos, México. Phytotaxa 184: 53-57. 10.11646/phytotaxa.184.1.7   Y n/a N  
Torquigener albomaculosus Pufferfish Matsuura, Keiichi. 2015. A new pufferfish of the genus Torquigener that builds “mystery circles” on sandy bottoms in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae). Ichthyological Research 62: 207-212 10.1007/s10228-014-0428-5   N $39.95 N