Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named: Number Three and Four

Number Three: Pink Dragon Millipede

This newly discovered millipede originates in Thailand. The bright color of the millipede’s body warns predators that this critter is packing poison in its spines, and it is not a sweet treat. Knowing this, it should be no surprise that this millipede has a habit of sitting in plain sight during the daytime. What does he have to fear?!

Number Four: Sri Lankan Shrub Frog

This frog has been bottled up for over 150 years, but was declared a new species when it was rediscovered last year. The refining of taxonomy in the 18th century has allowed for the discovery of 1.8 billion species, and scientists estimate that there are still over ten million species that have yet to be discovered.

To see a slideshow of the top ten new species of 2007 named, visit National Geographic.

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