It is estimated that 15 million different species exist on our planet, but only 2 million of these are currently known to science. Discovering new plants is essential, as it helps to conserve them.
Compounds that could lead to new medicinal growth may also be generated by new organisms. A lengthy process is the identification, classification, and description of a new species. New results in remote areas often call for demanding field studies.
Do you want to talk about the latest observations of animal species lately? To read more about these new species, check out this blog now.
Fresh Shrimp Species From Coiba National Park in Panama
As part of a project to compare animal microbiomes in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, last year’s exploration culminated in the discovery of many different genera of animals, including the latest genus of mud shrimp.
Strianassa lehrayi Anker was the name of this shrimp. Anker named one of the new genus and species of mud-shrimp in the Laomedeia tribe, Strianassa lehrayi.
The generic name comes from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute abbreviation and from the last six letters of the morphologically similar genus Axianassa. The new name of the genus simply means “Queen of STRI” because “anassa” comes from the ancient Greek word for queen.
A Fish Called ‘Wakanda’
“The fish species, usually unknown, live in dark coral reefs in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, known as the “Twilight Zone” reefs. Fish are a contemporary genus of what is considered fairy wrasses.
Their scales are so highly pigmented that the dark purple persists where color is usually lost, even when retained for analysis. The fish were called Cirrhilabrus Wakanda, or the vibranium fairy wrasse, to honor the Black Panther.
The Biggest Cave Fish World
Researchers have discovered a cavefish rising to almost a foot and a half in length and weighing about 10 times more than any known species in an underground chamber in northeastern India.
Fish are likely to feed on rain-washed algae, but none could be seen at the time of the visit, says Daniel Harries, a hobbyist cave explorer and marine biologist at the University of Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The team hasn’t measured them yet because it would have been difficult to get a scale down into the cave, but he thinks they’re a little over two pounds.
Unusual species of Stingray Contained in a Jar
It has been sitting in a museum for over a century, unknown to science, and was discovered by biologist Alec Moore. An fascinating history of house arrest and war also comes with this new species.
Two weeks ago, Moore’s team confirmed that it can not be said that this stingray, a distant shark relative, is a particularly impressive or awe-inspiring animal.
This is small and straightforward without distinctive marks, about the size of an extended palm. Yet, where it came from, how we came to find it, and why we could never see it again, is what makes this stingray different.
“Supergiant” New Isopod Species
In the deep sea, all kinds of fascinating discoveries are potentially waiting for us. A new species from the waters off Indonesia’s coast has now been described by researchers. The creature is a modern isopod species of “supergiant,” a major marine relative of the common pillbug.
Lizards and Geckos Endangered
In 2019, 15 mottled geckos, an orange lizard, a girdled lizard, and three skinks were discovered by Aaron Bauer, an Academy Research Associate, and most are primarily endangered.
That’s because they’re all situated in very small geographical areas, and their numbers would be made worse by any war, like deforestation.