Thursday, 26 May 2011

From Out Of The Wild

Found via Balloon Juice, this list of "Top 10 New Species" is rather fascinating.  It's amazing that even in the second decade of the 21st century we can still find new mammals and previously unknown two-metre lizards.  Locating a new type of fish is less surprising, but the Louisiana pancake batfish is so brilliantly ludicrous that it's in a class all of it's own.

By far the most disturbing discovery, though, even more than the terrifying-sounding jumping cockroach, is the Darwin's bark spider. Arizona State explains that this new species will "[A]llow us to understand size dimorphism, mate guarding, and self castration".

Self. Castration. And I thought male praying mantises had it rough.


Anonymous said...

Tyrannobdella rex is proof that there is on god

SpaceSquid said...

Really? It seems a bit like a sixth day, eleventh hour job to me. "Ah, fuck it. Let's just have a reeeeeeeally big leech, yeah?"