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Scientists Have Discovered 71 New Species In 2019 And Here's How 25 Of Them Look (Interview With Professional)
We’ve mapped the world and sometimes it feels like there’s nothing new to find on our little blue planet. But Earth is still full of mysteries and surprises. Scientists find new plant and animal species nearly every day!
Scientists Have Discovered 71 New Species In 2019 And Here's How 25 Of Them Look (Interview With Professional)
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We’ve mapped the world, discovered all the continents (though Atlantis remains elusive), and sometimes it feels like there’s nothing new to find on our little blue planet. But Earth is still full of mysteries and surprises!

Scientists find new plant and animal species nearly every day and it proves that there are still adventures to be had in the deep corners of the world. So if you’ve ever harbored ambitions of being an Indiana Jones-esque scientist, your dream can still come true. In 2019, more than a dozen researchers from the California Academy of Sciences added a stunning 71 new species to our family tree.

Among these freshly found species are 17 fish, 15 geckos, 8 flowering plants, 6 sea slugs, 5 arachnids, 4 eels, 3 ants, 3 skinks, 2 skates, 2 wasps, 2 mosses, 2 corals, and 2 lizards. They were found across 5 continents and 3 oceans. And while we applaud the fact that there are more species of gecko on Planet Earth, we’re worried about there being more species of wasp, too.

We’ve included some of the very best photos of these new species, so scroll down, upvotes your favorites, and let everyone know in the comments what you thought about each one. And be sure to read Bored Panda’s interview with a representative of the California Academy of Sciences below.

According to a representative of the California Academy of Sciences, this year’s list of new species was “a little lower” than usual, but “full of mighty finds.”

“Since 2010, Academy scientists have described 1,375 species—quite a number! Here are numbers from previous years this decade:

2010 (113 [new species])

2011 (140)

2012 (189)

2013 (91)

2014 (221)

2015 (103)

2016 (133)

2017 (85)

2018 (229)

2019 (71).”

The Academy representative told Bored Panda that “it takes years of training, collaboration with colleagues and local residents in a given region, and species expertise for scientists to properly identify and collect species in the wild.”

“As with many species—like twilight zone reef fish and insects—there is sometimes only a tiny window of a few seconds for a scientist to act quickly and collect a specimen in the wild. It can take years of training and support to help that scientist make important, well-informed, split-second decisions in the field!”

Classifying new species isn’t without its obstacles and things like lack of funding or training can seriously hinder us from solving life’s mysteries. “It's especially hard to secure funding for maintaining collections staff, taking adequate care of specimens, and training/retaining new scientists with the expertise to confirm that a new species discovery is truly new to science.”

Comments (32)
AnnaB
Bridget? It's time for your nap...
Lilli
I think it's so interesting how we are still finding new species! Especially since humans have only explored 5% of Earth's oceans.
Terd Fergison
Now this is a fantastic article! An article that showcases the wonder and exquisite beauty of nature and science. Bored Panda definitely needs more articles like this.
Countervail
Maybe call them "previously unknown" instead of "new?" It makes it sound like it didn't exist until a human cataloged it.
The True Red Panda
Technically speaking, these aren't new species. They have exsisted for a long time, but they are new to us. However, that's not to say I don't find all of this fasinating.
B
I wonder how many species have lived and become extinct without us even knowing they'd existed at all?
Tiny Dynamine
I'd just like to point out the error in semantics. None of these are new species. They've probably been around longer than humans have. Newly-discovered would be the better term.
The Girl on Fire
The fact that almost every single one of these is an ocean species shows how little we truly know about the ocean!
Nicola Roberts
I wonder how many we killed off before we knew they existed?
Meeow
Very interesting, the deepest ocean is near by Guam so that explains a lot most of the new species are find near by area.
MsM
I enjoyed these "bois" :-D))))
Amanda Quick
I honestly only read this for Bridget's comments... heehee
Patrick Shore
you want to see what's on planet heaven !
Michelle Muirhead
Great to have another good news article. How precious is our amazing flora and fauna!
glorytherainwing
these are all really great pics! they're all SUPER clear to see so that's a mega win!!! but if we keep throwing trash in the ocean, we'll kill all of these new fish species. and that's NOT gonna end well
Suzanne
Just a thought...anyone think that just maybe, some of these creatures are mutants from all the pollution?
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