Olinguito at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador. The olinguito was found in zoos, but not realized to be a new species until the past year.
Too cute! An olinguito mugs for the camera in Ecuador.
An olinguito peers at the camera at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador.
Kaweesak’s Dragon Tree, Dracaena kaweesakii, found in Thailand.
The flower of the Kaweesak's Dragon Tree, with creamy white petals and orange filaments.
Edwardsiella andrillae, a new species of anemone, lives on the underside of Antarctic sea ice.
Ice Anemone Anatomy
A close look at ice-living anemones in Anarctica.
Liropus minusculus is a shrimp of a shrimp. Measuring just a few millimeters long, this translucent shrimp lives in sea caves on Santa Catalina island.
A new species of fungust, orange penicillium or Penicillium vanoranjei. The fungust comes from soil in Tunisia.
Saltuarius eximius, a new leaf-tailed gecko from the remote rainforests of northern Australia.
Leaf-Tailed Gecko Tail
A bird's-eye view of the leaf-tailed gecko, highlighting the broad, flat tail that gave the species its name.
Now you see it ... the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko from northern Australia blends in with the boulder fields where it lives.
Spiculosiphon oceana, a bizarre single-celled protist that builds a shell out of the discarded skeletal pieces of marine sponges.
Although it is only made of one cell, spiculosiphon grows to be 1.6 inches (4 cm) long.
Clean Room Microbes
Tersicoccus phoenicis, a microbe found independently in separate clean rooms. This microbe survives all manner of sterilization attempts.
Tinkerbella nana, a parasitoid wasp that measures only 0.00984 inches (250 micrometers) long and lives in Costa Rica.
A domed land snail Zospeum tholussum in the Lukina jama-Trojama cave system in Croatia.
The snail lacks pigmentation and has no eyes, thanks to its pitch-black cave habitat.
Snails in Cave
The transparent domed land snail moves only a few centimeters a week at most, mostly grazing in circles.
Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor
Stephanie interned as a science writer at Stanford University Medical School, and also interned at ScienceNow magazine and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.