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IISE stands for International Institute for Species Exploration (Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ)

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The top 10 is intended to bring attention to the biodiversity crisis and the unsung species explorers and museums who continue a 250-year tradition of discovering and describing the millions of kinds of plants, animals and microbes with whom we share this planet," said Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist who directs the International Institute for Species Exploration at ASU.
Answers will vary but should include: Vertebrates tend to be much larger than insects, so the odds that someone already discovered vertebrates in a certain area are higher, New Species Discovered in 2008 Taxonomic Group Percent Insects 48 Mollusks (squid, snails) 5 Plants (including algae) 12 Crustaceans (crabs, shrimp) 10 Fungi (molds, mushrooms) 7 Arachnids (spiders, mites) 7 Vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, fish) 5 Other (sponges, worms, bacteria, protists) 6 SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SPECIES EXPLORATION New Species Discovered in 2008 Other 6% Vertebrates 5% Arachnids 7% Fungi 7% Crustaceans 10% Plants 12% Mollusks 5% Insects 48% Note: Table made form pie chart.
Entomologist Quentin Wheeler, director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University, said: "Most people do not realise just how incomplete our knowledge of Earth's species is, or the steady rate at which taxonomists are exploring that diversity.
The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists - scientists responsible for species exploration and classification -announced the top 10 new species.