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10 New Animals Discovered In 2013

2013 was a great year in uncovering nature's diversity. Here are 10 of the coolest creatures to "debut" this year.

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Walking Shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera

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According to Voa News: "A new species of epaulet shark has been discovered in waters off a remote Indonesian island. Officially called Hemiscyllium halamhera, the shark was first seen by divers in 2008 as it 'walked' along sea floor, but has only now been identified as a new species."


This vivid giant clam


Discovered near the Solomon Islands and at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, this yet-to-be-named giant clam shares features similar to that of Tridacna clams but DNA shows they are a different specie

Baturite Porcupine, Coendou baturitensis


According to National Geographic: "The newly identified Baturite porcupine is now the seventh known species of prehensile-tailed porcupine, which is native to Central and South America. They’re herbivores and adept climbers that rest in tree canopies during the day and forage at night."

Hopbeard Plunderfish, Pogonophryne neyelovi.


According to Live Science: "In 2009-2010, Ukrainian mariners happened to pull up three fish that looked unfamiliar. Further analysis found that they were a previously undiscovered species, dubbed the hopbeard plunderfish and described in a study published online April 29 in the journal ZooKeys. The fish bear the scientific name Pogonophryne neyelovi."

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