Monday, May 25, 2009

Suicidal plant, 14-inch insect among 2008's top-10 new species

The list of top-10 new species includes a tiny seahorse from the waters off Indonesia, a 14-inch stick-like insect (the world's longest insect, actually) from Malaysia and a plant that dies after producing a (relatively) huge flower in Madagascar. (CNN) But not all creatures were found in exotic regions. A "ghost slug", discovered in a "densely populated" region of the UK, also made the list. The world's shortest snake (about 4 inches), bacteria that lives in hair spray and a coffee plant that produces beans without caffeine were also in the top 10.

The list (put together by the Arizona State-based International Institute for Species Exploration) underscores "how incomplete our knowledge of Earth's species is."

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