A sea horse that’s smaller than a pea. A snake that, when coiled, can fit atop a quarter. Extremophile bacteria that live in hairspray. A nearly two foot long stick bug. The abomination unto God that is a naturally caffeine free coffee bean. And the Ghost Slug.

 These are just some of the animals that made the grade, being named to the Top 10 New Species list assembled annually by researchers at Arizona State University. Taking input from biologists and taxonomists from around the world, the annual list is put together by ASU’s International Institute for Species Exploration to honor and bring attention to the most important and interesting species described during 2008. Check out the link here for the official bios of the 10 most fascinating creatures of the calendar year that was.

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