Top 10 New Species Of 2009 Revealed

A flat-faced frogfish and a minnow with fangs made this year's list of the top 10 new species. The list of newly described or named species is compiled every year by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists.

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A flat-faced frogfish and a minnow with fangs made this year's list of the top 10 new species. And don't mess with a deep sea worm that drops bioluminescent bombs when threatened. The International Institute for Species Exploration releases its top 10 list each year, picked from over 18,000 new species confirmed most recently. That little Dracula fish is joined by a killer sponge and a golden orb spider.

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