Australia's Top 10 New Species. Which will you choose as the No. 1?
Ever heard of the Kimberley Froglet, the Opera House Barnacle or the Bandalup Buttercup? Probably not, as they were only discovered in 2009 by Australian species discovery scientists. In fact, these three new species are part of a group nominated by scientists as 'Australia's Top 10 New Species'.
The 'Top 10' is a fascinating and diverse group that includes a frog, a fungus and a fossilised fruit fly! There is also an extremely rare, mountain-dwelling tree snail, named in honour of the late Steve Irwin and the Bacchus Marsh Wattle, which despite growing just outside of the city of Melbourne, was not named and described until 2009.
From now until the end of National Science Week (14-22 August) you can vote for your number 1. Primary and Middle school students could win a visit for their class to their state museum or a visit by a species discovery scientist! Senior secondary students could win an individual place on a Bush Blitz survey! Members of the public are also welcome to vote.