New species in 2010

2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity and species are the building blocks of biodiversity. Knowing what species exist and where they fit in the web of life is the first step towards better custodianship of the natural world.

Field work by Australian Museum researchers results in the addition of new specimens to the Museum’s already significant collection, including holotypes and paratypes: the original specimens used by scientists to describe and name new species.

Vampire Flying Frog

Vampire Flying Frog
Photographer: Jodi J L Rowley © Jodi J L Rowley/Australian Museum


Newly described species in 2010:



This species counter is a visual representation of how Australian Museum scientists bring this knowledge of newly described species to the world. Each time a species is newly described, the counter will be updated and an image of the new species will be added here.

Explore the newly discovered species of 2010. For most species we also have images or even sounds and videos.

Amphipods: 36

Crustaceans with no carapace, these include sandhoppers or beachhoppers that help to breakdown kelp washed up ashore

Beetles: 10

including some spectacularly coloured leaf beetles such as Spilopyra semiramis - named for legendary queen and beauty Semiramis.

Birds: 2

Both described from fossils (a fossil wren from NZ and a fossil Eagle from Northern Australia.

Copepods: 1

Small crustaceans - parasites from Australia.

Decapods: 21

This group includes crabs and lobsters including the amazing 'Mighty Claw'.

Fish: 5

Including the 'Strange Wormfish'.

Frogs: 4

Including the 'Vampire Flying Frog'.

Isopods: 4

Including one fossil species from middle Triassic.

Polychaetes: 1

Include some very beautiful sea worms.

Snails: 29

Including 26 from the Kimberley region of WA and 3 Madagascan river snails.

Spiders: 40

Including 19 goblin spiders and 21 new species of funnel web spiders!

Stomatopods: 3

Including shrimps and mantis shimps - important to know which ones are non-predatory so are ok to put in your fishtank!

Mr Martin Pueschel , Scientific Illustrator
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