News New species for 2014 By AMNY.COM May 22, 2014 12:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A carnivorous mammal, a see-through snail and a microbe that can withstand even the most thorough cleanings are among this year's top 10 new species identified by the SUNY-ESF International Institute for Species Exploration, announced in honor of 18th century botanist Carolus Linnaeus's May 23 birthday. Check 'em all out below. (Spoiler alert: They're all awesome. #Science) Olinguito Photo Credit: Mark Gurney / CC BY 3.0 The olinguito lives in the Andes mountains in Colombia and Ecuador and is part of the same family as the raccoon. It is the first new carnivorous mammal described in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Pretty impressive resume. Skeleton Shrimp Photo Credit: SINC (Servicio de Informacion y Noticias CientÌficas) and J.M. Guerra-García This tiny shrimp was found in sunny Santa Catalina, off the coast of Southern California. It's distantly related to the cocktail shrimp you ate at that wedding last weekend. Leaf-tailed Gecko Photo Credit: Conrad Hoskin This gecko blends into its surroundings as it waits for its prey in the rain forests and rocks of Australia. Keep an eye out if you ever find yourself in an isolated area of the Melville Range. Tinkerbell Fairyfly Photo Credit: Jennifer Read Tinkerbell Fairyfly? Amazing name. This insect measures just 0.00984 inches and was found in Costa Rica. Despite its lovely name, tinks likely only has a lifespan of a few days and attacks the eggs of other insects. Domed Land Snail Photo Credit: Jana Bedek Who needs eyes or shell pigment when you live in complete darkness? Only one living specimen of this very slow, ghost-like snail was found in a cavern in Croatia. ANDRILL Anemone Photo Credit: SCINI; Courtesy of Marymegan Daly This little guy lives under a glacier on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, discovered by the Antarctic Geological Drilling Program (ANDRILL). It is the first species of sea anemone reported to live in ice. Kaweesak's Dragon Tree Photo Credit: Paul Wilkin How did the Kaweesak's Dragon Tree go unnoticed this long? It was discovered in Thailand, growing on limestone -- which may contribute to its low number, as limestone is extracted in the region for manufacturing concrete. Orange Penicillium Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cobus M. Visagie This brightly-colored fungus, found in Tunisia, was named as a tribute to the Dutch royal family, specifically His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange. Not everyone can say he has a fungus named after him. Amoeboid Protist Photo Credit: Courtesy of Manuel Maldonado This carnivorous species, found in an underwater cave off of Spain, is a lot tougher than it looks at first glance. Its size of four or five centimeters makes it a giant in the world of single-celled organisms. It gathers sponge fragments and uses them to construct a shell, then extends its pseudopods to feast on invertebrates. Clean Room Microbes Photo Credit: Leibniz-Institute DSMZ and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology OK, so this species might not look exciting. But listen to this: These microbes were found on floors of two separate, sterilized rooms where spacecraft are assembled about 2,500 miles apart (one in Florida and one in French Guiana). This microbial species could potentially contaminate other planets! By AMNY.COM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.