Bamboo shark: Hemiscyllium halmahera, the walking shark, is seen here in waters near Halmahera. (Credit: Courtesy of CI/Mark V. Erdmann)

Bamboo shark: Hemiscyllium halmahera, the walking shark, is seen here in waters near Halmahera. (Credit: Courtesy of CI/Mark V. Erdmann)

In 2013, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences discovered 91 new plant and animal species and two new genera, enriching our understanding of the complex web of life on Earth and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species, previously unknown to science, include 38 different ants, 12 fishes, 14 plants, eight beetles, two spiders, one reptile, and one amphibian. In addition, Academy scientists discovered a new genus of beetle and a previously unidentified genus of sea fan. More than a dozen Academy scientists along with several dozen international collaborators described the newly discovered plants and animals

Source: 91 New Species Described by California Academy Of Sciences in 2013