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.
7. Nanaloricus valdemari & Nanaloricus mathildeae
Researchers from France discovered two new species of loriciferans, a type of microscopic sea animal.