10 Incredible, Shocking New Species: Snot Eating Leech, Titanic Bacteria, and More


Photo credit: Prosanta Chakrabarty (Louisiana State University, USA)

A flat-faced spiky fish with a habitat destroyed by the BP oil spill and a leech that eats mucus...found in a child's nose....are just two of the incredible species discovered in the last year.

Every year, the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at the University of Arizona releases a list of the top 10 newly discovered species—out of the thousands discovered.

To determine which species deserve a place on the list, a panel of scientists analyze findings and reports and considers suggestions from the public.

The result is some of the most incredible species on the planet—new or old.

Tags: Animals | Endangered Species | Photography

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