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An adult male Tapanuli orangutan named Togos resting.  Photo credit: Andrew Walmsley. An adult male Tapanuli orangutan named Togos resting.
Photo credit: Andrew Walmsley.

Science Fact

Top Ten Species of 2018

Every year the International Institute for Species Exploration at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry announces the ten new species from the past year. Here you can read about the top ten new species of 2018.

The list includes a Southern Ocean amphipod (one of 26 species of this type of crustacean discovered last year!) named for Victor Hugo's character, Quasimodo the hunchback; the most endangered great ape in the world, located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra (shown above); a single-celled protist discovered in a San Diego aquarium whose whereabouts in the wild are unknown; a critically endangered tree found in Brazil's Atlantic Forest; a Costa Rican beetle that lives among army ants, hitching a ride on the ants' abdomens when they travel; a delicate purple flower that relies on a Japanese fungus for its source of food; a Chinese cave beetle with an elongated head and prothorax; the deepest-dwelling fish ever found, a tadpole-like snailfish located in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench; a bacterium found in the wake of a Canary Islands volcanic eruption and named in honor of a Greek goddess' hair; and an extinct marsupial lion from Australia.

Species were chosen by a committee of 10 international scientists from nominations made by the public of species officially described as new during 2017.

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