A cute carnivorous mammal (the first discovered in the western hemisphere in 35 years), a 12-metre-tall tree that has somehow been hiding in plain sight and a microbe that can live even in clean rooms and could be a hazard during space travel, are among the top 10 species discovered last year by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's (ESF) International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE).

Also on the list are a gecko that fades into the background, a tiny, translucent snail from one of earth's deepest cave systems, and a teeny fringed fairyfly named Tinkerbell.