2018 Top 10 New Species

Meet the top 10 news species of 2018, selected by our Global Biodiversity Census partners at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

“So many of these species — if we don’t find them, name them and describe them now — will be lost forever. And yet they can teach us so much about the intricacies of ecosystems and the details of evolutionary history. Each of them has found a way to survive against the odds of changing competition, climate and environmental conditions. So each can teach us something really worth knowing as we face an uncertain environmental future ourselves.” – SUNY ESF President Quentin Wheeler.

Protist (Ancoracysta twista)
Location: An aquarium in San Diego

Atlantic forest tree (Dinizia jueirana-facao)
Location: Brazil

Amphipod (Epimeria Quasimodo)
Location: Antarctic Ocean

Baffling beetle (Nymphister kronaueri)
Location: Costa Rica

Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis)
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia

Swire’s snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei)
Location: Western Pacific Ocean

Heterotrophic flower (Sciaphila sugimotoi)
Location: Ishigaki Island, Japan

Volcanic bacterium (Thiolava veneris)
Location: Canary Islands

Marsupial lion (Wakaleo schouteni)
Location: Australia

Cave beetle (Xuedytes bellus)
Location: China

Read all about the Top 10.