Washington, May 23 ANI | 7 months ago

Scientists have selected the top 10 new species from approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year.

According to the researchers of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's (ESF) International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE), the list includes a quartet of tiny newcomers to science: a miniscule skeleton shrimp from Santa Catalina Island in California, a single-celled protist that does a credible imitation of a sponge, a clean room microbe that could be a hazard during space travel and a teensy fringed fairyfly named Tinkerbell.

The list also features a gecko that fades into the background in its native Australia and a fungus that, conversely, blazed its way into contention by virtue of the bright orange color it displays when it's produced in colonies.

Dr. Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the IISE and ESF president, said that the majority of people are unaware of the dimensions of the biodiversity crisis and the top 10 are designed to bring attention to the unsung heroes addressing the biodiversity crisis by working to complete an inventory of earth's plants, animals and microbes.

The top 10 new species are:

Olinguito: A New Carnivore, Hidden in Trees

Bassaricyon neblina

Location: Ecuador

Kaweesak's Dragon Tree: Mother of Dragons

Dracaena kaweesakii

Location: Thailand

ANDRILL Anemone: Discovery on Ice

Edwardsiella andrillae

Location: Antarctica

Skeleton Shrimp: A See-through Crustacean

Liropus minusculus

Location: California, U.S.A.

Orange Penicillium: A New Fungus among Us

Penicillium vanoranjei

Location: Tunisia

Leaf-tailed Gecko: Look Hard to See This One

Saltuarius eximius

Location: Australia

Amoeboid Protist: Body Builder from the Mediterranean

Spiculosiphon oceana

Location: Mediterranean Sea

Clean Room Microbes: Alien Invaders?

Tersicoccus phoenicis

Location: Florida, U.S.A., and French Guiana

Tinkerbell Fairyfly: Do You Believe in Fairies?

Tinkerbella nana

Location: Costa Rica

Domed Land Snail: Looks Ghostly, Moves Slowly

Zospeum tholussum

Location: Croatia

(Posted on 23-05-2014)

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