Are there animals or fish anywhere that haven't been discovered yet?
- Anonymous8 months agoFavourite answer
Yes of course. The oceans are not as well explored as land areas and therefore many species, especially those living near the bottom, have not been discovered. However, most land areas are so well explored that few new species can still be found. Unfortunately, for many people who fancy discovering new species, they have turned to splitting known, existing species by hairsplitting, often by using DNA, claiming that a difference in DNA or a slight, trivial difference in appearance is evidence enough that more than 1 species should be recognized. For example, there are suggestions that the orangutan should be split into several different species because of DNA differences between different populations living in different areas of SE Asia. There are also many reptiles and amphibian species that have been split this way. There are also some species that have been split into two or more even though they were in the past classified as different subspecies only. Unfortunately, such silliness has led to taxonomic chaos without increasing our understanding of nature.
- FLv 68 months ago
There may well be many, but until we discover them , how do we know? And when we discover one / two/ 100..., how do we know if that's all of them?
- SnoopyLv 68 months ago
Many species definitely. Lots of hybrids too.
- Bulldog reduxLv 78 months ago
Fish are animals. But in answer to your question, of course there are many--probably even millions--of animals that haven't been discovered yet. In fact, a couple of years ago I discovered a new species of fly (also an animal) when I wasn't even trying. And back in the 1980s I discovered a new species of lady beetle.
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- MARKLv 78 months ago
Fish are animals.
New animal species are regularly discovered.
- Elaine MLv 78 months ago
You missed the news article earlier this week about 5 new bird species being found in Indonesia and 5 new subspecies?
Or the rediscovered marbled cat in the New Guinea area? Or the new marmoset monkey in South America? Or the giant spotted rat?
- busterwasmycatLv 78 months ago
Presumably given that it keeps happening. Kind of hard to declare as fact that there are things we do not know about. We can only say they exist if we know of them, and that means we have discovered them so they are no longer undiscovered, but given that discoveries continue to happen, it is safe to say that there are discoveries still to be made (at least with a very high likelihood).
Seek and you shall find.
- SmegheadLv 78 months ago
Yes. Many, many, many of them. Very few scientists actually work on describing and cataloguing new species. It's not a high priority.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 78 months ago
Undoubtedly. We're always discovering new species, even in places where we thought we knew all the species.
Back in the 1970s, there was a new rare species of salamander discovered in the San Lorenzo River, in the hills above Santa Cruz, CA. This is a relatively crowded part of the world, adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Area. A friend of mine was pursuing a degree in botany but he said all the zoology students raced to that part of the river to collect a 'series'. You need 20 individuals to claim the discovery of a new species, and then you get to name it, after yourself or whatever you want to name it.
SO many zoology students began collecting these salamanders that nobody won. They drove the whole species extinct!
- Anonymous8 months ago
But of course...so many species you humans don't know of...