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Top 10 List of New Species

When the International Institute for Species Exploration released its Top Ten List of New Species this week, institute head Quentin Wheeler said the list “highlights how little we know about life on Earth.”

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This spider from Madagascar spins durable webs that can span rivers, streams and lakes. (M. Kuntner)
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This spider from Madagascar spins durable webs that can span rivers, streams and lakes. (M. Kuntner)

The Eternal light mushroom is bio-luminescent around the clock and was recently discovered in coastal forests in Brazil. (Cassius V. Stevani, Instituto de Quimica Univ. de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
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The Eternal light mushroom is bio-luminescent around the clock and was recently discovered in coastal forests in Brazil. (Cassius V. Stevani, Instituto de Quimica Univ. de Sao Paulo, Brazil)

An iron-oxide eating microbe was discovered forming icicle-shaped rusticles on the legendary shipwreck, the Titanic. (RMS Titanic Inc.)
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An iron-oxide eating microbe was discovered forming icicle-shaped rusticles on the legendary shipwreck, the Titanic. (RMS Titanic Inc.)

The largest new species on the list is an antelope that was first discovered being sold as bush meat in a West African market. (Drawing Yann LE BRIS)
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The largest new species on the list is an antelope that was first discovered being sold as bush meat in a West African market. (Drawing Yann LE BRIS)

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