Sunday, December 09, 2012
Cascade of new species
Are we finding new species? Heck yes. The California Academy of Sciences alone described 137 in 2012. In environments from California to China, CAS scientists described 83 arthropods, 41 fish, seven plants , an amphibian, a reptile, and.four sea slugs. The descriptions came in 29 papers and included the first new spider family from North America in a century and a small deep-water shark nicknamed the "jaguar catshark" because of its similarity to the fictitious "jaguar shark" from the movie The Life Aquatic.