TOP 10 LIST OF NEW SPECIES By Nabarup Ganguly, Gold Medalist, Department of Geography

LILLIPUTIAN VIOLET

Among the smallest violets in the world, the plant is barely a centimeter tall and is  found in Peru.

LYRE SPONGE

A harp-shaped carnivorous sponge discovered in deep water, it has two to six vanes, each with more than 20 verticals branches. It is found off the coast of California.

LESULA MONKEY

Discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the lesula is an Old World monkey newly known to science. This second species of monkey discovered in Africa has human like eyes.

NO TO THE MINE! SNAKE

A Snail- eating snake found in the rainforests of Panama. It defends itself by mimicking the alternating dark and light rings of venomous coral snakes.

CAVE FUNGUS

The genus Ochroconis primarily includes fungi occurring in the soil and associated with decomposition of plant matter.

WORLD’S SMALLEST VERTEBRATE

This tiny new species of frog (7mm) is approximately 3500 sizes smaller to a blue whale measuring at 25.8 metres. Discovered in New Guinea, it thrives in tropical wet forests.

ENDANGERED FOREST

This shrub grows to two metres and has emerald green, slightly glossy, foliage and dense clusters of small magenta flowers.

LIGHTNING ROACHES

This species of luminescent cockroaches are remarkable because of their sizes and placement of lamps.

NO SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

This species of butterfly has beautiful green lacewing with dark with dark markings as its base. It’s found in Kuala Lumpur.

HANGING AROUND IN THE JURASSIC

A new fossil has been found in Middle Jurassic deposits in China. These flies hung beneath foliage looking for their prey.

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