PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named

PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named
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7. New Mushroom

A new fungus species, above, was discovered on the campus of Imperial College, London in 2007—growing right under the noses of some of the world's leading academics.

The new mushroom is one of the top ten new species in 2007, announced by the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) in May 2008.

"Most people do not realize just how incomplete our knowledge of Earth's species is or the steady rate at which taxonomists are exploring that diversity," said Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist and director of IISE.

"If you look at the size of the challenge, we need more people and better coordination," Wheeler told National Geographic News.

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