Our planet is full of amazement. Mother Earth has got so many variations of living species, from algae, fungi, plants, and animals to microorganisms. Most of us think that humans have documented almost every type of life form dwelling on earth, but this is merely a delusion. In fact, we have discovered up to 8.7 million species around the globe which accounts for only 15% of the total living species dwelling on this planet, which means 85-86% of living creatures are still unknown to the humanity.
Each year, various scientists discover and document a number of new species from around the planet. Many of them look weird or have unusual characteristics. So, here I’ve compiled 10 of them discovered in the year 2017. I hope you will have a thoughtful read.
10 Weird New Species Discovered in 2017
- Luminescent Star Fish
The Bioluminescent starfish was discovered for the first time in the year 2017 from the coastal drenches of Australia by the scientists of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
2. Hydrolagus erithacus
This shark species has characteristics of many creatures such as teeth like rabbit, nose and face like that of a wizard, tail like a ray and fins like a flying fish, a package of all in one creature. The shark is about 3 ft long and could be found in the South-East Atlantic Ocean and South-West Indian Oceanic area between South Africa and Antarctica.
3. Avicularia avicularia
The giant tarantula spiders got their name as they can feed on a bird too. The tarantula spider can be 6-7 cm long and 13-15 cm wide. They are to be found in the moist and damp forested areas of South-America. Also, three more new species related to the same genus have been discovered last year as A. marianae, A. lynnae and A. caei.
4. Neopalpa donaldtrumpi
The newly discovered moth got its name from the present president of USA as the species resembled the yellow head hairs like Trump.
5. Large Fish-scaled Gecko
The Fish scaled Gecko has a unique ability to self-shed its hard scales when captured by its predator, which help them to successfully flee away. Interestingly they can grow back the scales within few weeks, becoming normal once again.
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6. Fejervarya goenchi
The smallest frog species, not more than a size of a coin, was discovered in 2017 from the Western Ghats of India. This new species got its name from the old name of Goa. They can be observed in the moist monsoon months at higher elevations near water bodies or paddy fields.
7. Blue Tarantula
The cobalt blue coloured tarantula spider was unknown to the human world until 2017 when a person accidentally found it under his flashlight in the darkness of a jungle in Guyana. Moreover, the tarantula is found to live in colonies which are found to be rare in the case of arachnids.
8. Mariana Snailfish
The Mariana Snailfish got its name from the place where it was found i.e. Mariana Trench, which is the deepest point on Earth in the Pacific Ocean; this makes the Mariana snailfish as the deepest dwelling fish of the world.
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9. Vangunu Giant Rat (Uromys vika)
The Vangunu Rats were discovered from the Solomon Islands in 2017. This new species of rats are the absolute giant as compared to their counterparts with a length of almost 46 cm and can even weigh up to 1 kg.
10. Solanum ossicruentum
Also named as the Bush Tomato, this new species of Solanum was known to the native people of Australia for 50 years, and in 2017 the species was well researched and described to the world. It’s name derived from the Latin words ‘ossi’ meaning bony and ‘cruetum’ meaning bloody, which represents the bleeding parts of its berries when are cut open that become bony and hard with time.
So, this was the list of 10 Weird Species Discovered in 2017. I hope you enjoyed reading it and had a thoughtful experience.
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