TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures

TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures
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Microbacterium Hatanonis: Bug in a Spray

Until last year no one had found microbacteria in artificial chemicals or other man-made products. So the 2008 documentation of a new microbacterial species in off-the-shelf hair spray was a step toward the biosphere's brave new postindustrial future.

It's probably safe to assume that M. hatanonis lived in some natural environment before turning up in beauty aids. Though unknown in nature, the microbug "presumably ... just turned up here as a contaminant," said Quentin Wheeler, director of the institute that put M. hatanonis on the 2009 top ten list of new species.
—Photograph by Biwa Biwa/Photolibrary
 
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