Image Gallery: New Species Discovered by the Australian Museum in 2010
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Species are the building blocks of biodiversity. Knowing what species exist and where they fit in the web of life is the first step towards better custodianship of the natural world. Field work by Australian Museum researchers results in the addition of new specimens to the Museum’s already significant collection, including holotypes and paratypes: the original specimens used by scientists to describe and name new species. This species counter is a visual representation of how Australian Museum scientists bring this knowledge of newly described species to the world. Each time a species is newly described, the counter will be updated and an image of the new species will be added here.