Microbes that somehow found their way into antiseptic clean rooms at two separate space launch facilities 2,500 miles apart. A sea anemone that hangs onto life where little else can, burrowed in the ice in Antartica. A snail without eyes (but who cares in the utter darkness where it lives) creeping only a few millimeters a week, except when it hitches a ride or bodysurfs. These are among the “Top Ten” newly-identified species of 2014, described on the Web site of the Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The winners are in no particular order. Maybe they should be called the “Linnies,” after Carolus Linnaeus, who developed the classification system for life on our planet. The winners were chosen by an international committee of taxonomists, researchers whose mission is to find and classify life in its many forms, from a field of roughly 18,000 species identified in 2013. (In a separate Morning Mix post, a scientist whose quest led him to one of this year’s chosen new species, the leaf-tailed Gecko, describes what it took to do it.) For those in need of a refresher on the system of classification, click here. And here’s a terrific map showing where each was found. Most of the information and the photos that follow is courtesy of the IISE, which drew upon the scholarship of the scientists who actually identified the species.