Scientists Pick Top 10 New Species

Identify the rarest finds


A glow-in-the-dark cockroach, a harp-shaped carnivorous sponge, and a monkey with “human-like eyes”: these were some of the new species that earned the distinction of being one of the top 10 discovered in 2012

This morning, on the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University released its annual list, chosen by an international committee from over 140 nominations. They hope it will help put a priority on exploring biodiversity. The winners were chosen for their unexpected features, rarity, and significance to humans.

Some more highlights:

See the full list of winners.