Two new unique species of tree frogs were recently found in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Researchers say each is adorned with gemstone-colored eyes.
Micro-CT scans helped scientists identify the first female of a Madagascan chameleon species known as Calumma vatosoa. Before now, the species was only known by a single male found in 2001.
A new chameleon species sporting blue spots was recently found in the mountains of Tanzania. Researchers say this find highlights the diversity of animals living in this region.
Ever heard of a Frogfish? Think it sounds like a made-up name? A bizarre-looking fish recently surfaced in New Zealand and is being examined by museum experts. At first glance, however, this species appears to have two legs, suggesting it may be a species of Frogfish.
A new duck-billed dinosaurs found in Alabama suggest the species originated in the eastern U.S. Researchers say finding such rare fossils is really important for understanding how the dinosaurs spread across the world.
A new praying mantis with a distinctive horned neck and coloration was recently found among unidentified museum collection materials. Researchers say this goes to show how much biodiversity remains locked away in research cabinets.
A genus of tree hole breeding frogs was recently rediscovered in tropical forests of India. Researchers say these frogs – which were thought to be extinct – boast some interesting characteristics, such as living high off the ground and eating their own unfertilized eggs.
A new species of bird named the Himalayan Forest Thrush was recently found in India and China. Researchers say these birds sing a much more musical song than their closest relatives in the area.
Males of a newly discovered species of jumping spiders have been filmed playing peek-a-boo with potential mates. Not all females are receptive to this playful courtship -- females who have mated before will chase off suitors while virgin females hook-up almost immediately.
A rare orchid characterized by elegant color patterns was recently "stumbled upon" in the deciduous forests of Mexico’s Pacific slope of Oaxaca state.
Researchers recently dsicovered two new frog species hidden along Madagascar's high Tsaratanana Massif Mountains. Their survival is threatened due to limited habitat and deforestation.
Fossils unearthed from the Sahara Desert in Tunisia reveal the largest-known ocean-dwelling member of the crocodile family tree. This prehistoric predator dates back 130 million years, changing the way scientists view the mass extinction that is thought to have occurred at the end of the Jurassic period, 145 million years ago.
A recent expedition of the seamounts, or underwater mountains, surrounding the Galapagos archipelago sheds light on how the chain of islands formed thousands of years ago, and even revealed a new species of catshark. With further study, researchers hope to more about the islands' magmatic processes.
A new species of roundworm discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean boasts some interesting characteristics. Researchers say this nematode that lives in fig trees can develop five different specialized "faces" or mouths, based on the available food supply.
From sneezing monkeys, super-small snails, to snakes, 'ninja' sharks, soul-sucking wasps and ancient, armored sea scorpions, 2015 has been a year full of new species. In case you missed the animals recently found hidden among some of the most diverse habitats, Nature World News has a recap for you.