2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Here are some links with pretty pictures of newly-described species this year (heavy vertebrate bias, sorry entomologists).
- A super-stunning slideshow of a few of the 1200 weird and wonderful creatures discovered by the first Census of Marine Life. Also check out the Census’s website.
- Another slideshow from a survey of New Guinean rainforests, which turned up 200 new species.
- A new carnivorous mammal: a Madagascar marsh mongoose named after Gerald Durrell.
- A more in-depth and science-y look at the process of discovering and describing the above, from Tetrapod Zoology.