You might be surprised to learn that we have been discovering new species around the world every year. There are a number of environments that have yet to be explored and within each unexplored territory, there are unbeknownst species that await discovery. In this article you will find a list of the top five places where you can go to find new species.


One of the world's most unexplored territories on this planet happens to be in areas of thick jungle and forestry. Making the list at number five, Madagascar is one of the most densely vibrant biological environments on the planet. Over the years, society in this region has lived in close proximity to many of the copious insect species that plague this area. However, in 2009, a new species of spider was found. It was named Darwin's bark spider after the geneticist Charles Darwin. Scientifically known as the "Caerostris darwini", the Darwin's bark spider has the strongest biological silk ever studied, and it it known for building the largest known orb webs.

South Africa

South Africa

Moving further west from Madagascar, we find another unexplored region in the southern most part of Africa. Found in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, the number four spot is the location of the "Saltoblattella montistabularis". This is known locally as the Jumping Cockroach. This species is an important find. The Jumping Cockroach was last traced back to the Late Jurassic era, dating back over one hundred and fifty million years ago. Even though South Africa is more heavily populated than barren North Africa, this species of cockroach has been able to keep itself out of the lime light for some time now.


Fitting in at number three is Benin, North Africa. Though located on the northwest side of Africa, this area is infested with biological life that has not yet been explored. The reason for this is because of the vast amount of space and the lack of population that lives in this area. Known as the "Philantomba walteri" or Duiker, this new species of antelope was discovered by accident as it came fearlessly into a bushmeat market. Though most species hide themselves instinctually from view, this antelope was a great new discovery.

The Gulf of Mexico

Though there are a number of continental areas that have yet to be discovered, we are moving our focus to the underwater anomalies as we dive into number two the Gulf of Mexico along the southern edge of the United States of America. This is the site for the recent discovery of the pancake batfish, scientifically known as the "Halieutichthys intermedius". Even though this species has probably been around for hundreds of millions of years, it was not known as an official species until an environmental disaster struck the Gulf of Mexico when an oil spill greatly devastated the surrounding biological area. Despite the destruction from the toxicity of the oil on wildlife, biological species like the pancake batfish have survived and are now being noted as new species.

Atlantic Ocean

One of the most unexplored environments on this planet today is the ocean. To finish off the list at number one is the North Atlantic Ocean. With the ocean floors continuously changing and subducting under the continental plates, the ocean is a very difficult place to find reminiscences of life. New species would logically come up frequently as we have very limit knowledge of what's beneath the opaque water. However, early this year, scientists found a created now named "Halomonas titanicae" in the North Atlantic Ocean. This new species is one of the iron-oxide bacterium that is eating away at the sunken Titanic. Though this find is only microscopic, it leads further exploration to find what other species may lurk beneath the water.