Tinkerbell Fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana
Tinkerbell Fairyfly Tinkerbella nanaJennifer Read
Tinkerbell Fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana
Skeleton Shrimp, Liropus minusculus
Domed Land Snail, Zospeum tholussum
Leaf-tailed Gecko, Saltuarius eximius
Olinguito, Bassaricyon neblina
Kaweesak's Dragon Tree, Dracaena kaweesakii
ANDRILL Anemone, Edwardsiella andrillae
Clean Room Microbes, Tersicoccus phoenicis
Amoeboid Protist, Spiculosiphon oceana
Orange Penicillium, Penicillium vanoranjei
Tinkerbell Fairyfly Tinkerbella nana
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Top 10 New Species for 2014

May 22, 2014

It may seem a bit early to declare the top 10 new species of 2014—after all, the year is less than half over. But keep in mind that scientists discover an average of 40 new species a day, so there have already been plenty of freshly uncovered life to choose from. This year the list is being released by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International Institute for Species Exploration—and the timing isn't coincidental. Tomorrow is the 307th anniversary of the birth of the Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus, who laid down the groundwork for classifying life.

And as the list shows, life is diverse. The collection includes a dragon tree, a skeleton shrimp, a gecko and a microbe that likes to hang out in the clean rooms where spacecraft are assembled. But there is still far more life to be discovered—scientists estimate that there are 10 million species remaining to be named and classified, five times the number we already know about. We'd better hurry though—while we discover about 15,000 new species a year, we may be losing up to 100,000 annually to extinction.

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