Monday, December 13, 2010

10 Weirdest New Animals Of 2010

At least seven of these will end up on a Vietnamese restaurant menu, you watch.

From National Geographic.


This tube-nosed fruit bat—which became a Web sensation as "Yoda bat"—is just one of the roughly 200 species encountered during two scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea in 2009, scientists announced in October.

Though seen on previous expeditions, the bat has yet to be formally documented as a new species, or even named. Like other fruit bats, though, it disperses seeds from the fruit in its diet, perhaps making the flying mammal crucial to its tropical rain forest ecosystem.


Nosing around for "lost" amphibian species in western Colombia in September, scientists stumbled across three entirely new species—including this beaked toad.

"Its long, pointy, snoutlike nose reminds me of the nefarious villain Mr. Burns from The Simpsons television series," expedition leader Robin Moore said in a November statement.


You could call it the surprise du jour: A popular food on Vietnamese menus has turned out to be a lizard previously unknown to science, scientists said in November.

What's more, the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards.


Using its fins to walk, rather than swim, along the ocean floor in an undated picture, the pink handfish is one of nine newly named species described in a scientific review of the handfish family released in May.

Only four specimens of the elusive four-inch (ten-centimeter) pink handfish have ever been found, and all of those were collected from areas around the city of Hobart, on the Australian island of Tasmania.

(See the rest at National Geographic)


  1. Ha! And eww. I hate monkeys. I sure as shit wouldn't eat one.

  2. Man, "eww" is right. That thing was fugly.

    The hand fish reminds me more of the Simpsons, but nobody asked me. And hooray for the self cloaning female! Who needs a man!

  3. I would love to have all of these as pets!

  4. Ewww, Frank, that is one ugly monkey. I've never heard the term "bush-meat" before. Does it taste like chicken?

  5. That handfish should be renamed labia lips. And I've seen the Yoda bat before... in The Neverending Story.

  6. This reminded me of an article a few years ago in the LA Times where they interviewed customs guys at LAX about the weird foodstuffs they've confiscated over the years. They all said hands down, southeast Asia was the worst. They said it was common to see what they called "lizard on a stick", a dried lizard on a lollipop stick, legs akimbo that you just eat whole. But one guy said the worst was they found a roasted baby loris monkey in a woman's backpack that she'd taken on board as an in-flight snack; she'd nibbled at the legs already during the flight over.

  7. RGR, I would think that bush-meat would taste like fish.

  8. That fruit bat looks like one of those animal mishmash photoshop jobs.

    These are so cool! Makes me wonder what else is out there that we haven't found yet.

  9. Niiiiiccce, Frank. I knew I could count on you to jump on that one! :)

  10. The handfish.. looks straight out of a Dr Suese book!

  11. When fish start walking, there's a problem.

  12. Don't tell me you're one of the "Intelligent Design" crowd!

  13. I'm with you lefty, if anything that'd make fishing that much easier if they can walk right onto shore without me having to bother with a fishing pole or net. Just lay the bait on the river bank and wait.

    Still be able to drink beer, and now with both hands free I can enjoy a bag of chips too.



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