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An average of about 1400 new marine species are described each year worldwide. A surprising high number of these are from European waters, which one might have assumed were so well studied that they contained no surprises. These new species include all phyla, from microbes such as bacteria up to vertebrates. The majority of newly described species are invertebrates, partly because the formal process of naming new bacteria lags far behind the rate of their discovery. Bellow you can find a list of all European species which have recently been discovered by MarBEF researchers.[1]

Here you can find links to initiatives which aim to provide lists and information on all species (both marine and terrestrial).


Newly discovered marine animals

Annelida (annelids)

Arthropoda (arthropods)

Bryozoa (ectoprocts)

Cnidaria (cnidarians)

Gastrotricha (gastrotrichs)

Mollusca (molluscs)

Platyhelminthes (flatworms)

Porifera (sponges)

Tardigrada (water bears)


Newly discovered marine Chromista


Newly discovered marine plants


Newly discovered marine Protoctista


References

  1. Heip, C., Hummel, H., van Avesaath, P., Appeltans, W., Arvanitidis, C., Aspden, R., Austen, M., Boero, F., Bouma, TJ., Boxshall, G., Buchholz, F., Crowe, T., Delaney, A., Deprez, T., Emblow, C., Feral, JP., Gasol, JM., Gooday, A., Harder, J., Ianora, A., Kraberg, A., Mackenzie, B., Ojaveer, H., Paterson, D., Rumohr, H., Schiedek, D., Sokolowski, A., Somerfield, P., Sousa Pinto, I., Vincx, M., Węsławski, JM., Nash, R. (2009). Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. Printbase, Dublin, Ireland ISSN 2009-2539