The most recent to be listed of all the species identified, the bird was found sitting in Cambodia in 2009, and specifically their capital city Phnom Penh, in the middle of a construction site. It seems almost impossible how these creatures cannot have been noticed until now, and begs the question; are new species sitting right on our doorstep just waiting to be discovered, simply because we are not expecting them to be there?
2. Four fin blenny
At only two centimeters in length, the four fin blenny was found off the coast of Curaçao in a manned submersible as divers cannot reach depths of 150 to 170 meters (approx. 492 to 558 feet). Deep tropical reefs are another one of the world's undiscovered ecosystems as they are also almost completely inaccessible. These species are very complicated to understand because they do not see any light their entire life, and it is only recently that scientists have started to site these rare aquatic species.
1. Sun moth
With its name being inspired by the orange circular patches on its wings, the moth was recorded in China recently. Only one single male has ever been caught, and this was in a wide river valley dominated by mountains and mixed forests. Other species in the family have economic importance because the caterpillars can often feed on poisonous plants which as a result, lower the death rates for other insects.
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