The human race is advancing rapidly. With modern advancements and technology comes the destruction of many animal species and plants. Green and conservation groups will be the first ones tell you about the decline of these particular plants and animals. Luckily for us, these same groups are discovering new species every single day. It is encouraging that even with the demise of soo many precious species, we are seeing a recovery.
Here are some of the many recently discovered species:
This alien lifeform here is the Granrojo (aka Big Red). This unusual creature was recently discover and is one of the largest sea jellies. The photo doesn’t represent it well but this jelly is completely deep red. The Granrojo can grow 2-3 feet in diameter. They have been found across the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, Japan, Monterey Bay, and the Sea of Cortez.
Bornean Big Cat:
This is the newest species of cat within the last 200 years or so. This majestic beast is found in Borneo and Sumatra. It has the longest canine teeth out of any existing feline cats. It is a carnivore that feeds on birds, pigs, goats, cattle, and even monkeys. Little is known about the species but conservation policies are in affect to protect it from hunters that might poach them for their pelts.
Cat Ba Leopard Gecko:
This awesome looking creature is the Cat Ba Leopard Gecko, found in Northern Vietnam. It is one of 162 new species discovered in the Mekong River region of Souteast Asia. Unfortunately, their survival is at risk due to climate change. Scientists are recommending that these rear creatures be placed on the endangered species list.
Musa Rubinea (Yunnan dwarf banana):
This is a wild banana this is found to occur only in the Western Chinese province of Yunnan. It was certified as a new plant species in 2008.
Khorat big-mouthed frog (fanged frog):
This rare species of frog are found only on three remote Thai islands. These frogs have fiercesome fangs and jawbones. They are predators that prey on birds, insects, and other frogs. With other frog species, the females are always bigger. However, with the Khorat big-mouthed frogs, the males are bigger.
Behold! The world’s smallest snake, the Barbados Threadsnake. These tiny little snakes grow less than four inches long and is thin as your average spaghetti strand. They are only found in Barbados. They were discovered by Blair Hedges, a Bio professor from the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment.
Satomi’s pygmy seahorse:
This “my little sea pony” is the smallest known seahorse in the world. It has an average length of 14 millimeters, less than an inch. It is found at the Derawan Islands off Kalimantan. It’s name is “in honour of Miss Satomi Onishi, the dive guide who collected the type specimens.”
Glass/Crystal Frog (Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum):
This bizarre freak of nature species of frogs are completely translucent. You can literally see their internal organs. It is the size of an average fingernail and it’s existence is jeopardize by habitat loss. These tiny frogs can be found in the Nangaritza River of Ecuador.