Tuesday, June 9, 2009
New Species Still Being Discovered
-C. Paula de los Angeles
Ever wonder if you would somehow be able to discover a new species just like Darwin had?
Apparently, around 15,000 new species are discovered every year. In a feature article published in New Scientist, 12 such bizarre recent discoveries are detailed, including the only lungless frog and the world's smallest snake to give you a taste.
Personal favorites include the Danionella draculadracula fish, 17-meter long transparent fish, which was discovered in Burma in 2009. Above is its image, which can be found in the local Natural History Museum in London.
Another favorite includes Styloctenium mindorensis, a blonde/ginger fruitbat that looks like a fox, found in the Philippines *shoutout*! See image to the right.
Here's the link so you can check out the other recent discoveries as well: http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/new-species/7