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Species spotted!

A little less than two million species (and counting) have so far been categorised. In fact, researchers at Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration claim that till now we have only scratched the surface. Scientists estimate that a 100 million species are still waiting to be discovered. Without much ado, here’s presenting the GT list of newly discovered species.

imageATTENBOROUGH'S PITCHER PLANT

Or Nepenthes attenboroughii, is a large plant endemic to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Named after famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough, this insectivores plant traps and digests insects and even small mammals in a football-sized bell at its base. It is critically endangered.

PEARL RIVER MAP TURTLE

For 18 long years, not a single turtle was discovered in the United States (US). The last new turtle species was spotted in 1992 and after that, everyone in the scientific community had pretty much given up hope. Then, the Pearl River map turtle broke the dry spell. Pearl River runs and forms the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. A team of scientists from the US Geological Survey discovered this turtle that grows anywhere between 6 and 11 inches and feeds on clams, fish and insects.

GORGON HEAD STARFISH

Gorgons remind you of aliens, right? Well, this distant cousin of the starfish has alien tentacles shooting out of its head. Hence, the name. Also called the basket star, scientists from Scotland's University of Aberdeen stumbled upon it when studying marine life of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is believed to feast on plankton and shrimp.

THE STICKBUG

Like bugs? Adore superbugs? Let us tell you the long and short of it. Or, at least, the long! The world’s longest insect has just been discovered. Illusive and creative at disguising itself, the Phobaeticus chani stickbug can grow up to 22 inches long. That’s a long bug! It lives high in the tree canopy of the Borneon rainforests. Only six specimen are known to exist here. Currently, the Natural History Museum houses the longest Phobaeticus chani stickbug at 22 inches.

CAQUETA MONKEY

Swing like a monkey? Check. Purr like a cat? Also, check! In 2010, a team of scientists, led by primatologist Thomas Defler, discovered this tiny primate deep in the Amazonian jungles of southern Colombia. Tiny and monogamous, the Caqueta titi monkey makes a curious sound akin to the purr of a cat. Unfortunately, these guys are already dangerously endangered with less than 250 left in the wild.

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