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Top Ten New Species for 2009

New species are discovered all the time. Every year scientists spotlight ten of the species newly discovered in the year before. How much do you know about creatures on the 2009 list?


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#1   In 2008, Japanese scientists discovered a new bacteria living in a common household substance. What is this substance?

#2   The Barbados Threadsnake is the world's smallest snake, averaging only 10cm (4in) in length.

#3   This pygmy species, which grows no larger than a pea, was discovered by a diver named Satomi Onishi off the coast of Indonesia.

#4   Two of the species which made the list were fish, one alive and one merely a fossil. The fossil fish was given the nickname "Peter" by its discoverer.

#5   Not every species which made the list was an animal. One of the plants was a caffeine-free coffee plant discovered in which country?

#6   The Tahina Palm is found only in Madagascar and is represented by less than 100 individual plants. This palm is notable in that it dies directly after fruiting.

#7   The Phobaeticus chani is an insect which resembles a stick. It made the list because it is the longest insect discovered to date. How long is it overall?

#8   The species of snail to make the list was declared a "unique morphological evolution" by scientists. Why?

#9   A new species found lurking in Welsh gardens was dubbed the "ghost slug" due to its bright white appearance and blade-like teeth.

#10   Competition for the top ten was fierce indeed. While there hasn't been a published count of new species for 2008, the projected number should be close to 2007 figures. About how many species were found in 2007?





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