New Species ?

New species or undiscovered old species?

The debate of course is whether the hundreds of new species of animals being discovered every month are really new or just old species that are just now being discovered. Due to humans encroaching on many animal habitats and more researchers in the field than ever before there has been a plethora of discoveries involving previously unknown animals and New Species?

The Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) instituted by Conservation International has led to the discovery and scientific identification of 1,300 new species in the last twenty years. This program has lead to over 80 survey's in 27 different countries.

Listed below are four recently discovered new species of animals and original illustrations of each.

So new they haven't even Named it yet

I couldn't resist at least attempting to illustrate a purple dolphin. This is a digital illustration done in Adobe Illustrator.
I couldn't resist at least attempting to illustrate a purple dolphin. This is a digital illustration done in Adobe Illustrator. | Source

Bottle Nose Dolphin

Scientists have discovered a new species of Bottle nose Dolphin swimming in the southern hemisphere near Australia and New Zealand. Researchers from the Macquire and Monash University made the discovery while collecting genetic samples from what they thought were Coastal Bottle nose Dolphins.

"They look alike but are genetically quite different," said Luciana Moller, of Macquire University. "We were surprised."

After DNA testing 200 dolphins, they realized that they had a brand new species. The discovery was reported by Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution and is consider quite significant, as new species of large mammals are rare.

Recently discovered as its habitat is encroached upon due to clear cutting and logging
Recently discovered as its habitat is encroached upon due to clear cutting and logging | Source

Fly Catcher

In November of 2010, a new species of carnivorous pitcher plant has been found by (FFI) Fauna and Flora International in Cambodia's remote Cardamom Mountains. The discovery of Nepenthes Holdenii is an indicator of both the stunning diversity and lack of research in the area.

Recently discovered caves in nearby Vietnam have revealed entire ecosystems within them, including jungles, streams and animal life. These recent ecosystems being discovered underground could provide a whole new list of undiscovered birds, bats, fish, insects and plant life and could potentially redefine how animals adapt to changing environments.

Ranitomeya Amazonica – Peruvian Tree Frog

The tree frog with the dynamic paint job . . . art maybe my nature, but nature is God's Art and she did an awesome job on this frog.
The tree frog with the dynamic paint job . . . art maybe my nature, but nature is God's Art and she did an awesome job on this frog. | Source

Sea Slug

This colorful sea slug caught my eye when researching this article and I wanted to try to recreate it in Illustrator. It blends in well with its surroundings yet remains colorful.
This colorful sea slug caught my eye when researching this article and I wanted to try to recreate it in Illustrator. It blends in well with its surroundings yet remains colorful. | Source

Tree Frog

This recently discovered tree frog found in Peru sports a bright burst of flames on its head and shoulders with contrasting water patterns on its legs. Its habitat seems located near the Iquitos area of Peru a lowland forest. It has also been found in the Alpahuayo Mishana National Reserve in Peru.

Is this a new species?

Or just an old one revealed through a destroyed habitat and diligent research?

Toxic Nudibranchs

A recently discovered exotic nudibranch or sea slug was found in the coral reefs off of Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, but that isn't any surprise as at least three new species are found everyday.

Results from a recent 2008 survey suggest that a large majority of the Reef's population has yet to be scientifically identified, whether from lack of research or our ever evolving planet creating new species only time will tell.

Conclusions . . . if any?

I would like to believe that our planet is not only capable of creating new species but is doing so even as we speak, however considering how little we know about the Earth it's hard to say. I know due to our own negligence and pollution we are killing off far more species than we are discovering. I know that learning to coexist with the remaining creatures on this planet is paramount in our own evolution.

Conservationism could very well be a new way of developing our service to others spiritual philosophy as we shape our new world in the coming decades. The question still remains though as the Earth evolves does it also create new species?

What Do You Believe

Do you think that all of the new species being discovered world wide is due to the planet evolving or do you believe it is due to better and more research?

  • Due to the Planet evolving
  • Due to better and more research
  • Due to genetic manipulation and cloning
See results without voting

Related Books

Still Counting . . .: Biodiversity Exploration for Conservation: The First 20 Years of the Rapid Assessment Program
Still Counting . . .: Biodiversity Exploration for Conservation: The First 20 Years of the Rapid Assessment Program

Describes the Rapid Assessment Program formed by Conservation International and the over 1,300 new species identified because of it.

 

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ttagpine 4 years ago

I loved the article about the pink Dolphins. We have one of our own, but ours is an albino.

http://calcasieucharters.com/default.aspx?act=imag...


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

I don't think it is the same species, don't albino dolphins live in the Amazon River?

I would like to no more about 'your' albino dolphin , also a little confused on why you would say it is yours?

Do you have any pictures, where do you live, does your dolphin talk to you or do you communicate with it, telepathy perhaps?

Please share . . .


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ttagpine 4 years ago

I must apologize. I didn't mean to imply that Pinky belongs to me or anyone else but his family of (wild) Bottle Nosed Dolphins. This family has no other albino's that I know of.

There is a link on my first comment that has photo's of Pinky with his/her family.

Pinky & family have been seen in a large lake & river near the coast of south Louisiana, U.S.A. I don't want to give more details of the location because the tourism might not be good for Pinky's health.

The pink Dolphins of the Amazon are a different species. They do have some that are albino, but they have many pink's that are not albino. The following link is a video from National Geographic showing the Amazon Dolphins.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/a...


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Cool and thank you for sharing, the location is close enough. I have always been interested in Dolphins and whales and their link to humanity.

I have read some stories about telepathic communication with Dolphins and that is the reason for that question.

Anyway I appreciate your comments, thank you!


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ttagpine 4 years ago

You're quite welcome.

There is a lot of misinformation, videos, & photo's out there. Much of it has photo's of Pinky mixed with photo's of other pink dolphins that are being claimed to be Pinky.

I've found the following video of Pinky being chased by a fishing boat. I recognize the area, so I'm sure it is the real Pinky. Looks like he's not so plnk any more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=vE6_7h1pSsk&fe...

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