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: