It may seem hard to believe, but a 2011 study suggests as much 86 percent of land species and 91 percent of marine species are still undiscovered.
Discovered by German researchers in Ecuador, this trap-jaw ant was confirmed as a new species by Yale University taxonomist Douglas Booher. Its etymology was written with help from Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
Strumigenys ayersthey was named after activist Jeremy Ayers. It’s the first new species to use the -they suffix, in honor of non-binary gender identities. Typically, species names end in -ae when named after women and -i when named after men.
Researchers from France discovered two new species of loriciferans, a type of microscopic sea animal.
Along with the discovery of the new species, the researchers were able to capture a rare video of the tiny marine creature.
Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden discovered a new type of bumblebee in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which looks identical to a previously discovered species.
The researchers say there may be more bumblebees in mountainous regions than previously thought. Warming of cold-weather environments could also prompt the birth of new species.
The researchers used less-invasive examination methods like MRI and micro-CT scans to identify the species without damaging the rare specimen they collected.
A new species of marsupial frog was found in a protected area of the Amazon in northern Peru.
New species of amphibians are thought to be among the most common undiscovered animals in tropical regions.
Researchers from the U.S., Spain, and Taiwan identified a new species of snapper found across the Pacific Ocean. It was named after University of Hawaii researcher Brian Bowen.
A researcher from Piedmont College identified a new spider species related to tarantulas, which was first found at Zoo Miami.
The spider’s common name is the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider, after the forest that surrounds the zoo where it was found.
Researchers from Japan discovered a new species of amphibious centipede in Japan’s Ryukyu Archipelago. It’s the largest centipede ever found in the country.