Here Are 8 Brand New Animal Species That Have Been Found Since 2016
6. Hypsiboas PunctatusThe Hypsiboas punctatus, or the polka-dot tree frog, is found in South America and became the first discovered fluorescent amphibian in 2017. This tree frog can absorb light and glow in the dark, which is rare among terrestrial animals. Only a few animals have this ability, and it’s currently unknown why the Hypsiboas punctatus is one of them. As far as scientists can tell, it can be a protective measure or a way to help this frog find mates.
5. Kani Maranjandu
Not far from Sulawesi lives the Kani maranjandu in south India, a long-legged tree-climbing crab that resembles a spider. Scientists reported discovering these crabs in 2017, though locals reported spotting them in 2014. Unlike saltwater crabs, Kani maranjandu live in the jungle, in tree holes where water congregates. To aid in their climbing endeavors, their legs are tipped with sharp, hook-like ends.