We all know that there are varieties of animals, birds and plants that are found across the world. It has been centuries after the world actually came into existence and the first living being was formed. Ever since the first time a living thing wobbled around, there have been a lot of changes in the way things have been looking and the way they are today. There are a number of living things that have come into existence in all these years. We also know that a lot of them have become extinct leaving behind traces to show that they ever existed on planet earth. Years and centuries passed by and still there are lot more species of animals being discovered in different parts of the world. Let us take a look at a few recently discovered species that you might have never heard about before.
- Caprellidae (Skeleton Shrimps) The Caprellidae belong to the family of amphipods and are commonly known as Skeleton Shrimps. As the name states, these are thin string like structure beings that cannot be distinguished when they are hidden among the seaweeds. Since they are said to virtually disappear, they are also known as the ghost shrimps. It was discovered among the various specimens collected from the cave on the island of Santa Catalina near the southern coast of California.
The Olinguito is known as the smallest member of the raccoon family. It is known as a secretive tree living carnivore that is the first carnivore to be discovered in the western hemisphere in the past 35 years. There is an Oliguito present at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador that has been a species that is said to be a mixture of a raccoon and a teddy bear. Since this animal thoroughly depends on the cloud forest habitat, deforestation has proved to be a threat. You may grab a rare opportunity of spotting them while on Galapagos Ecuador jungle tours.
3. Andrill Anemone
The Andrill Anemone is a kind of Anemone that was found clinging to the lower side of the sea ice. Unlike the other anemones, this new species were found living upside down and clinging to the lower portion of the ice in Antarctica. These pale yellow bodies were found clinging to the ice while their two dozen tentacles were found dangling in the water below.
4. Domed Land Snail
The Domed Land Snail is a snail that actually does not have the shell pigmentation and hence you will find just a transparent shell like structure around it. These snails were found in complete darkness about 3,000 feet below the surface in the Lukina Jama-Trojana caves in western Croatia. These snails are used to live in the dark and hence they do not have eyes.
5. Amoeboid Protist
This is a single celled organism that is considered to be a giant among the other single celled organisms that are found. This is because although it has a single cell, its size measures up to 4 to 5 centimeters. They were first discovered in underwater caves that are present miles away from the southeast coast of Spain.
6. Orange Penicillium
The Orange Penicillium also known as the Penicillium vanoranjei in scientific terms is a type of a fungus that was first discovered in the soil in Tunisia. It is distinguished from the other fungi due to the bright orange color that it displays while in the colonies.
7. Kaweesak’s Dragon Tree
This is a 12 meter tall tree that is found in the Limestone Mountain region in Loei and Lop Buri areas in Thailand. This tree has long and soft sword like leaves with white edges. This tree has cream colored flowers with bright orange filaments.
8. Leaf Tailed Gecko
A leaf tailed gecko is a lizard like animal that has a short tail shaped like a leaf. This species is said to be endemic to Madagascar, i.e. it is found only there and in no other place in the world. It is not an easy task to spot a leaf tailed Gecko as it has a sleek body with large eyes and a color that can help it to blend with the surroundings. It is usually found in the rainforests and rocky regions. Since, only a few leaf tailed geckos could actually be spotted, it is considered to be a rare species.
The Tinkerbell Fairyfly which is known to be counted among the smallest insects is just about 250 micrometers small. This species has been seen as an addition to the 1400 or so already known species of the family. The Tinkerbell fairyfly was found at the LaSelva Biological Station in Costa Rica.
The discovery of these new species has given us a hope that this is not the end! There is a lot more that nature can offer us with. Change in climatic conditions and the evolution in various present species has been bringing about changes and discovery of many such species. Keep an eye on all that you see! You never know it may just move and that could be a new discovery for the world to know!