PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named

PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named
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5. Central Ranges Taipan

Discovered in an isolated and arid region of Australia in 2007, the Central Ranges taipan is one of the most venomous snakes in the world.

The snake slithered onto the International Institute for Species Exploration's (IISE's) list of the top ten new species of 2007 in part because accurate identification of species can help with proper treatment of bites.

The list, released in May 2008, draws attention to the need to flesh out biodiversity data, according to Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist and director of IISE.

"We only know 10 percent of the species out there, and therefore are powerless to recognize potential pests and vectors of disease," Wheeler said.

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—Photograph courtesy International Institute for Species Exploration/Arizona State University
 
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