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Newly described species

Last updated about 2 years ago

Every year approximately 15,000 to 20,000 new species are described and published in the scientific record. Some of these new species are surprise discoveries in remote places -- organisms that had never been seen before by scientists. Sometimes patterns in behavior or ecology or even genetics provide a clue that a familiar organism thought to be one species is really more than one. And finally, some new species are described when taxonomists closely examine specimens in a museum drawer and realize that they weren't sorted out properly the first time they were described. This collection gathers together a variety of new species collections on EOL.