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August 19, 2006

New species discovered on eBay

photo of seashell

No one really has a clue when it comes to how may species there are in the world... some estimates put the number as high as 100 million. Since scientists have only identified about 1.5 million, it's not surprising that new species turn up in on places, even on eBay.

As reported in New Scientist (and picked up by BoingBoing) a new species off sea urchin has shown up for auction on eBay. Collectors didn't recognize the species in any of their books, so they called on Simon Coppard at the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature in London. He realized that the urchin was a new species. It's been given the name d Coelopleurus exquisitus.

My favorite species discovery has to be the time that ant expert Edward O. Wilson discovered a new species of ant living in the potted plant in the office of the head of the World Wildlife Fund.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 19, 2006 07:08 AM