There's an amazing amount of life out there that we are unaware of. And if we're not careful, most of these creatures could go extinct before we even get a chance to study them and discover how they have uniquely adapted to life on Earth.
About 18,000 new species are named and classified every year, while approximately 20,000 species go extinct within the same time frame if we are not careful.
The "Top 10 New Species for 2018" list, is put together by the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to highlight the need to preserve biodiversity.
The list is released every May 23 in recognition of Carolus Linnaeus' birthday. Carolus Linnaeus is a Swedish botanist who introduced the modern system of taxonomy still used today to classify animals down to their genus and species.
Here are the ESF's top 10 new species for 2018.
1.) The Ancoracysta twista
The Ancoracysta twista is a single-celled eukaryote, with the flagella as its organ of locomotion.
This species was discovered in an aquarium in San Diego, California, USA. It's a new single-celled protist whose nearest relatives are yet to be determined.