• Question: what's the most recent animal that has been discovered?

    Asked by sofiadematteis to Cassie, Karen, Sofia, Tommy on 20 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Cassandra Raby

      Cassandra Raby answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      Oooh I think that’s actually quite a tricky question…

      As far as I know there was a recent mammal discovery: the Olinguito. It’s discovery was confirmed in August this year… so that’s a pretty recent and special find!
      (They are also very cute – you should look at a picture of it).

      But there might have been other animals discovered since then, but I haven’t heard about it. It would be great to hear if the others know of anything else?

    • Photo: Thomas Doherty-Bone

      Thomas Doherty-Bone answered on 21 Nov 2013:

      New species are being discovered regularly, so I went to one journal dedicated to animal descriptions, Zootaxa, to see what has been the most recent entry.

      It is a new species of Whip Scorpion, from Brazil. The description was announced yesterday. And that is the latest so far.

    • Photo: Sofia Franco

      Sofia Franco answered on 21 Nov 2013:

      Thomas and I are synchronized! New beetles and frogs from the 21st of November: Temnaspis puae and Leptolalax botsfordi (these are the scientific names in latin – the first is the genus and the second the species)! You can google the first name of each to see what they will look like 🙂 since they are new there should not be many pictures available, though the genus should be easy to find!