This blossom suspended in amber 15-30 million years ago is a new species discovery, Strychnos electri. It is likely highly poisonous.
The new species of Ceratioid anglerfish lives in dark ocean depths nicknamed the "midnight zone." Researchers described the new anglerfish species in a study published in the journal Copeia, dedicated to research on fish, amphibians and reptiles. It looks quite different from previously discovered anglerfish, which are usually stout and roundish. Browse the gallery for more new species.
The parasitic coral plant, which has only been found in the forest areas of the Philippines' Mount Mingan, was named for its coral-like appearance. Unlike most plants, this one does not produce its own nutrition through photosynthesis. Instead, it draws from other organisms.
It might look like a strange mushroom, but scientists are certain that this is an animal. Further classification is still up for debate. The X-phyla could be related to various existing sea animals such as jellyfish and coral, or it could be in a phylum all its own. This was found on the sea floor off the coast of Australia.
The bone-house wasp, discovered in China's Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, has an appropriately creepy name. To protect her young, the female bone-house wasp build nests with several cells. She then proceeds to kill spiders and place them in each cell for her future young to eat. After she lays an egg in a spider tomb, she seals it and continues onto the next one. She fills the final cell with dead ants, whose corpses emit chemicals that camouflage the nest.