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Photos: the penis-like mushroom and other top 10 new species of 2009 [5 years ago] #MongabayArchive

Photos: the penis-like mushroom and other top 10 new species of 2009 [5 years ago] #MongabayArchive

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University has released its annual top 10 list of new species discovered last year. This time the list includes a two inch penis-like mushroom, a minnow named after Bram Stoker's world-famous horror-character, a bomb-throwing deep sea worm, a giant carnivorous plant named after TV personality and conservationist David Attenborough, and a beautifully patterned frogfish [see photos below]. "Charting the species of the world and their unique attributes are essential parts of understanding the history of life. It is in our own self-interest as we face the challenges of living on a rapidly changing planet," says Quentin Wheeler, director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an entomologist in the School of Life Sciences. Scientists believe that the world is cur...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0523-hance_topten.html

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