Newly discovered species for 2012

 

Since 2007 the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at Arizona State University (ASU) has made it a tradition to announce their annual picks of Top 10 new species discovered.

Anyone may nominate a species for consideration for the Top 10 list.

The ASU researchers usually unveil the list on the anniversary of the birth of botanist Carolus Linnaeus, the man responsible for devising the scientific classification of organisms.

Committee chairman Antonio Valdecasas, a Spanish biologist and research zoologist, says the committee looks for organisms with “unexpected features or size, and those found in rare or difficult-to-reach habitats.”  It also weighs the species’ significance to humans.

With no order of preference, the following are the Top 10 newly discovered species for 2012:

The Lesula monkey found at the Lomami Basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Lesula monkey found at the Lomami Basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo

A frog smaller than a child's fingernail.

A frog smaller than a child’s fingernail.

Fungus that's ruining prehistoric cave art in France.

Fungus that’s ruining prehistoric cave art in France.

Glow-in-the-dark cockroach

Glow-in-the-dark cockroach

A harp-shaped carnivorous sponge (Chondrocladia lyra) discovered off the coast of Northern California.

A harp-shaped carnivorous sponge (Chondrocladia lyra) discovered off the coast of Northern California.

Snail-eating snake found in Panama's mountain range.

Snail-eating snake found in Panama’s mountain range.

A flowering shrub from the endangered Madagascar forest.

A flowering shrub from the endangered Madagascar forest.

An extinct hangingfly identified in a 165 million-year-old fossil.

An extinct hangingfly identified in a 165 million-year-old fossil.

A lacewing identified from an image a photographer shared on the Internet.

A lacewing identified from an image a photographer shared on the Internet.

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4 comments on “Newly discovered species for 2012

  1. Jeff Lippi says:

    When they compile their list for 2013,I hope the three headed hoonga boonga from Borneo makes the list.

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