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19 Animal Species Discovered in 2014

Skeleton shrimp are tiny, gangly amphipods with transparent, stick-like bodies.

Skeleton shrimp are tiny, gangly amphipods with transparent, stick-like bodies.

A sea anemone has turned up embedded in the underside of Antarctica's ice sheets; the only marine animal known to live like this.

Ice anemones – a sea anemone has turned up embedded in the underside of Antarctica’s ice sheets; the only marine animal known to live like this.

The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko has rough, scaly skin and a brown or grey, mottled pattern that resembles the sandstone habitat where it lives.

The olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe) looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. It is actually the latest scientifically documented member of the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. (Olinguito means “little olingo.”)

The olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe) looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. It is actually the latest scientifically documented member of the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. (Olinguito means “little olingo.”)

Ospeum tholussum, is a tiny and fragile snail with a beautifully shaped dome-like semi-transparent shell.

Ospeum tholussum, is a tiny and fragile snail with a beautifully shaped dome-like semi-transparent shell.

Tinkerbell Fairyfly. Name: Tinkerbella nana. Kingdom: Animalia. Family: Mymaridae.  named after the fairy Tinker Bell in the 1904 play “Peter and Wendy”

Tinkerbell Fairyfly. Name: Tinkerbella nana. Kingdom: Animalia. Family: Mymaridae. named after the fairy Tinker Bell in the 1904 play “Peter and Wendy”

Golden-backed Frog (Hylarana magna)

Golden-backed Frog (Hylarana magna)

Isabel's saki (Pithecia isabela )

Isabel’s saki (Pithecia isabela )

Amoeboid Protist: Spiculosiphon oceana is a giant (4 cm), carnivorous single-celled protist.

Amoeboid Protist: Spiculosiphon oceana is a giant (4 cm), carnivorous single-celled protist.

Is it a mushroom? Is it a jellyfish? No, it's Dendrogramma, a new animal so bizarre in appearance that it has defied attempts to place it anywhere in the vast animal kingdom.

Is it a mushroom? Is it a jellyfish? No, it’s Dendrogramma, a new animal so bizarre in appearance that it has defied attempts to place it anywhere in the vast animal kingdom.

Bird-turd Spider. Yes indeed - that is what it does and is named for. lol

Bird-turd Spider. Yes indeed – that is what it does and is named for. lol

Nocturnal gecko - northern Madagascar

Nocturnal gecko – northern Madagascar

As yet un-named wotsit.

As yet un-named wotsit.

Turkish Trout.

Turkish Trout.

Star gazing Shrimp

Star gazing Shrimp

The Bryde's whale (pronounced "broo-dess"), is named after Johan Bryde who helped build the first whaling factory in Durban, South Africa in 1909.

The Bryde’s whale (pronounced “broo-dess”), is named after Johan Bryde who helped build the first whaling factory in Durban, South Africa in 1909.

A proposed new species of river dolphin, the Araguaian boto (Inia araguaiaensis), was found in the Araguaia River Basin in central Brazil

A proposed new species of river dolphin, the Araguaian boto (Inia araguaiaensis), was found in the Araguaia River Basin in central Brazil

The Atlantic Coast leopard frog was unexpectedly identified not by sight — it is about the size of a thumb — but by sounds. It does not croak like more common frogs, but makes odd groans and cough-like sounds.

The Atlantic Coast leopard frog was unexpectedly identified not by sight — it is about the size of a thumb — but by sounds. It does not croak like more common frogs, but makes odd groans and cough-like sounds.

Jumping Spider. Yes - it jumps.

Jumping Spider. Yes – it jumps.

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