Community Post: 10 New Animals Discovered In 2013

1. Tigrina, Leopardus guttulus

Although sharing the same features as that of the tigrina from Northern Brazil, scientists have discovered that the tigrina from Southern Brazil is a different species altogether.

2. Olinguito, Bassaricyon neblina

Living in the Andes mountains of Colombia, the Olinguito is a carnivorous mammal in the raccoon family.

3. Walking Shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera

According to Voa News: “A new species of epaulet shark has been discovered in waters off a remote Indonesian island. Officially called Hemiscyllium halamhera, the shark was first seen by divers in 2008 as it ‘walked’ along sea floor, but has only now been identified as a new species.”

4. This vivid giant clam

Discovered near the Solomon Islands and at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, this yet-to-be-named giant clam shares features similar to that of Tridacna clams but DNA shows they are a different specie

5. Skeleton Shrimp, Liropus minusculus

These terrifying creatures are known as skeleton shrimps. They have translucent bodies .

6. This planthopper

Although planthoppers — tiny hopping insects — aren’t a new discovery, this is a mysterious one.

7. Baturite Porcupine, Coendou baturitensis

According to National Geographic: “The newly identified Baturite porcupine is now the seventh known species of prehensile-tailed porcupine, which is native to Central and South America. They’re herbivores and adept climbers that rest in tree canopies during the day and forage at night.”

8. Hopbeard Plunderfish, Pogonophryne neyelovi.

According to Live Science: “In 2009-2010, Ukrainian mariners happened to pull up three fish that looked unfamiliar. Further analysis found that they were a previously undiscovered species, dubbed the hopbeard plunderfish and described in a study published online April 29 in the journal ZooKeys. The fish bear the scientific name Pogonophryne neyelovi.”

9. Omani owl

Spotted in the mountainous regions of Oman, its unique hoot attracted ornithologist Magnus Robb who then was trying to record and catalogue the sound of a different creature, the Arabian owl.

10. Pirate Ant, Cardiocondyla pirata

Resembling that of a pirate’s eyepatch, a new ant specie from the Philippines displays a unique pattern across its eye.

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