TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures

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Chan's Megastick: Longest Insect

At the Natural History Museum in London, 28 million specimens fill drawers and other holding containers. Discovered just last year, this nearly 2-foot long (60-centimeter-long) insect takes up a whole insect drawer--and has to be mounted diagonally to fit.

On May 22, 2009, the International Institute for Species Explorations named the megastick one of the top ten new species documented in 2008.

"All stick insects are impressive," said institute director Quentin Wheeler. "It's just the sheer size of that thing that is truly remarkable. A comparable find in some other group is almost inconceivable--it would be like finding a (new species of) giant redwood or blue whale."

—Photograph courtesy Natural History Museum via AP
 
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