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May 23, 2011

Everything’s Coming Up Batfish

Batfish
What do you mean the world is going to hell in a hand basket when species like the pancake batfish (above), king tyrant leech, and jumping cockroach are just being discovered? Today, the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University announced its Top 10 New Species, selected “from the thousands of species fully described and published in calendar year 2010.”

Not only that,  a new study suggests that the rate of worldwide species extinction is being overestimated by as much as 160 percent.

So there, all you grumpy environmentalists.

--Reed McManus

Image: International Institute for Species Exploration

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