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Meet the new species of 2019

Published 9:39 AM ET, Sat December 7, 2019
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This cat-eyed cardinalfish found in Papua New Guinea is one of the new fish species found in 2019. Mark Erdmann
This fish is called Cirrhilabrus wakanda, or the Vibranium fairy wrasse -- a nod to the fictional country and metal featured in the Marvel movie "Black Panther." Luiz Rocha
Janolus flavoanulatus is a sea slug found in the Philippines. Pictured here, it shows a colorful pattern as it sits on the ocean floor. Terry Gosliner
This girdled lizard, Cordylus phonolithos, was found on the second-highest mountain peak in Angola. Ishan Agarwal
Myrmecicultor chihuahuensis is an ant-loving spider family from the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico. Durrell Ubick / California Academy of Sciences
Trembleya altoparaisensis is a rare white flowering plant that can only be found in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Goiás, Brazil. Ricardo Pacifico
Lola konavoka is a new species that's already considered endangered. This cave-dwelling harvester spider was found in Croatian caves and has adapted to life in the dark. R Ozimec
Dipturus lamillai is a long-snout skate from the Falkland Islands that's likely already showing up in markets because skate is considered a delicacy. Francisco Concha
Madrella amphora is another new and colorful sea slug found specifically in Papua New Guinea's Madang Lagoon. Terry Gosliner/California Academy of Sciences
Gravesia serratifolia is a flowering plant found only in Madagascar's Marojejy National Park. Éric-Mathieu
Chromoplexaura cordellbankensis is Gorgonian octocoral, known as sea fan coral, from the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California. Gary Williams / California Academy of Sciences