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Strange Skeleton Shrimp, 9 others

New species of 2014

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Update: 2014-05-23 05:28:00
Strange Skeleton Shrimp, 9 others

DHAKA: The planet where we live, we call it ‘Earth’ is full of new discoveries, new things even the new living being. Expeditions are underway to search for living being, water in particular, in the Moon, and recently in the Mars, though no possibility has been shown yet.

But, in our earth, there still remain lots to be discovered, lot to be found. Explorers, armatures, scientists and many others are going on expedition inside the earth, in where one usually dare not to go, and discovering new living being, about which you haven’t hared of before.

Banglanews brought to you a list of 10 new species of 2014 in courtesy of news website CNET.com.


 Skeleton Shrimp
Liropus minusculus

This tiny shrimp, discovered in a cave on Santa Catalina off the coast of Southern California, is the smallest in its genus: the male measures just 3.3mm in length (0.125 inches), and the female just 2.1mm (less than 0.1 inches).

It's also the first of its genus to be found in the northeastern Pacific, and its teensy body is translucent, giving it a ghostly appearance.


Kaweesak's Dragon Tree
Dracaena kaweesakii

Nicknamed "The Mother of Dragons" by the IISE, Kaweesak's Dragon Tree was named after a friend and member of the international team who found it in Thailand, Kaweesak Keeratikiat. Native to Burma and Thailand, the tree is a relation of the Canary Island dragon tree, Dracaena draco.

It has long, sword-shaped leaves edged in white and cream-coloured flowers with orange filaments. It grows in the Limestone Mountains of Thailand, a resource that is mined for the production of cement, and the tree has thus been categorised as endangered.


ANDRILL Anemone
Edwardsiella andrillae

These strange and dainty anemone growing upside-down under the Antarctic ice were discovered by accident when the National Science Foundation conducted its first test run of the SCINI robot.

The robot, designed to monitor ocean currents, was sent through a hole drilled in the Antarctic ice -- and sent back images of the first known anemone species to live on the ice. How exactly they manage to survive in such harsh conditions is still unknown.


Clean Room Microbe
Tersicoccus phoenicis

A clean room is a space specifically designated for the purposes of manufacturing or scientific research, meant to be as sterile as possible. Nevertheless, this microbe managed to survive the sterilisation process: it was found in two separate clean rooms over 4,025km (2,500 miles) apart -- one in Florida and one in French Guiana.



Olinguito
Bassaricyon neblina

This cuddly-looking tree-dwelling omnivore is the first new carnivorous mammal found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Belonging to the Procyonidae family -- which includes raccoons -- it lives in the Andean forests of Colombia and Ecuador, surviving on a diet of fruit, insects and nectar, and rarely -- if ever -- descending from the trees.

It's also the smallest species of its genus, coming in at an average weight of just 900g (2 pounds).

                                    ** New species of 2014: Part II 

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