Top 10 New Species Revealed, Dennis Desjardin’s Mycena luxaeterna Included

By on May 24, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Education, Science, United States, Universities, World Comments

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of taxonomists announced on Monday, May 23, 2011 its Top 10 New Species list.

The top 10 species were reported to come from around the world, which includes the Philippines, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, South Africa and West Africa.

Notable among the top 10 species is Dennis Desjardin‘s Mycena luxaeterna. It is a bioluminescent mushroom found in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The top 10 species includes mushrooms, lizard, leech and bacteria.

In no specific order, the top 10 species are the following, courtesy of Arizona State University website (Click the page numbers to view other images):

Bioluminescent Mushroom
Eternal light mushroom, Mycena luxaeterna
This new species, collected from some of the last remaining Atlantic forest habitat near São Paulo, Brazil, emits very bright yellowish green light 24 hours per day from its gel-covered stems
Credit: Cassius V. Stevani/IQ-USP, Brazil / Arizona State University

Darwin's Bark Spider
Darwin’s Bark Spider, Caerostris darwini
This orb-weaving spider builds the largest orb-style webs that are known to science.
Credit: Matjaž Kuntner / Arizona State University

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