New species of the year

More creatures, less Latin used to describe them

By Susan Milius, 15:55 PM December 13, 2012

2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 21

A monkey with a blond mane and sky blue rear end was introduced to science this year. So was the first bacterium with calcium structures a bit like bones (SN: 6/2/12, p. 14), the world’s smallest fly (SN: 12/15/12, p. 32), a sponge shaped like a harp, a “cave robber” spider with fold-up claws (right) and a new species of priapiumfish, which sprout long mating structures underneath males’ chins. By the end of 2012, biologists will have described somewhere betwee...

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