TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures

TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures
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Ghost Slug: Pasty Briton

Taxonomists found it particularly impressive when a team of Welsh naturalists turned up a new species of slug in a garden in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

The British Isles "is such a well-known place," said Quentin Wheeler, director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, which on May 22 released its 2009 list of the top ten new species documented in 2008. "To turn up a pretty-good-size organism doesn't happen every day."

Adding to the ghost slug's idiosyncratic appeal: bladelike teeth help the species suck up worms like spaghetti. See a picture of the teeth and learn more about the ghost slug >>
—Photograph courtesy Ben Rowson
 
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