Meet the top 10 new species of 2012

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meet the top 10 new species of 2012

"During the decade since our first Top 10 list, nearly , new species four new genera (including this one), have been found since fungus make the grade in Arizona State's list of top 10 new species of Meet the bowhead whale hunters of northern Alaska. Meet the. Selected from approximately 18, new species named last year, here are the top 10 newfound species from [Read the full story about.

The worms were discovered at a depth of nearly a mile 1. Worm is shown here in a scanning electron microscope image. Borgonie, Ghent University, Belgium Glass beads where the nematodes, called Devil's worm, were found living in the brownish-colored bacterial biofilm. With a target in sight, the teensy wasp attacks from the air like a tiny dive-bomber, depositing an egg in less than oneth of a second.

Thomas Bruns A funky new mushroom species "lives in the rain forest, under a tree," and researchers say it's nearly as strange as its SpongeBob SquarePants namesake. Shaped like a sea sponge, the bright orange and sometimes purple mushroom, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was discovered in the forests of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo.

Wandering Leg Sausage Credit: Brovad A giant millipede about the length of a sausage bears the common name "wandering leg sausage," which also is at the root of its Latin name: While males are a uniform green color, the female katydids are a brilliant shade of pink.

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The stingray has a prominent polka-dot pattern of yellow and orange spots, and is about 43 inches centimeters long. Weighing up to 44 pounds 20 kilogramsthe stingray's significant size and distinct appearance earned it the title of P. Though the new species Illacme tobini falls short of this record, at legs, the animals continue to add body segments — and legs — throughout their lives.

Beyond its notable lifelong growth, the new millipede species also secretes a defense chemical of an unknown nature.

meet the top 10 new species of 2012

Measuring about 1 inch long 20 millimeters and thread-like, I. Siriwut, Edgecombe and Panha Another many-legged new species made this year's top 10 list. Scolopendra cataracta is a new centipede with 20 pairs of legs along its 8-inch-long 20 centimeters body.

The new centipede runs under water just as it does on dry land, according to researchers. Greg Rouse This worm may live in the sea, but it looks like fried pastry found at theme parks.

Xenoturbella churro was discovered about 5, feet 1, meters below the surface of the Gulf of California. Its uniform orange-pink color and four deep grooves reminded researchers of churros, a type of fried dough pastry.

The 4-inch-long 10 cm marine worm is part of a group of primitive worm-like animals known to be the earliest branch in the family tree of bilaterally symmetrical animals, which includes insects and humans. Canada's Gentle Xenoceratops While it wasn't ferocious and terrifying like the Sauroniops pachytholus, the newly discovered Xenoceratops foremostensis was still a massive beast. Weighing in at two tons, the foot-long creature was actually a gentle vegetarian.

Like its ceratopsid sisters, it used its horns for self-defense, not hunting.

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Paleontologists found this 80 million-year-old gentle giant in Canada. Illustration courtesy of Julius Csotonyi 6. Pegomastax, the Mini Dinosaur The other two dinosaurs that made this list were incredibly large, but the Pegomastax africanus is a big discovery in miniature form, even earning the nickname, " Mini Dino. But the research was tucked away and forgotten until this year, when Paul C. Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago, introduced it in a report published in the online journal ZooKeys.

meet the top 10 new species of 2012

All the while since then, I wondered if anyone else might spot the creature hiding among the lab drawers. Myanmar's Sneezing Monkey This primate species grabbed scientists' attention while they conducted a gibbon study in the mountains of Myanmar.

meet the top 10 new species of 2012

While its official name is Rhinopithecus strykeri, scientists dubbed the snub-nosed animal the " Sneezing Monkey " because it sneezes when it rains. The Jurassic Scorpionfly That Imitated Plants Chinese paleontologists think they have found a new species of scorpionfly that dates back to the Jurassic era. What makes this scorpionfly especially noteworthy is its camouflage abilities — it uses leaf-like wings to hide among gingko plants. This technique served two purposes: Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia is one of the earliest known examples of mimicry.

The Funky-Eyed Snake Jeepers creepers, look at those peepers! Discovered deep in the Chocoan forest in Ecuador, the Imantodes chocoensis is a skinny snake with a penny-sized head and one giant pair of eyes.