10 Incredible Species First Discovered in 2011



Image: Image courtesy of A. C. Diesmos (National Museum of the Philippines)

This year has some incredible specimens in the Top 10 New Species list, as provided by the International Institute of Species Exploration and a team of taxonomists. Ranging from a tiny bacteria to a 6-foot monitor lizard, these are just some of the new species found. And there are many more yet to be discovered.


Image: Matjaž Kuntner (Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

10. Darwin’s Dark Spider

This enormous spider was found in Madagascar, home to many species found nowhere else in the world. These spiders build enormous webs, as you can see, spanning everything from trees to rivers. One monster of a web was measured at 82 feet across a river.

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