By Fábio de Castro
Agência FAPESP – A tarantula discovered in Brazil and a Caribbean jellyfish, described in part by Brazilian scientists, were among the animals on the “Top 10 New Species” list for 2011, released by Arizona State University in the United States.
The list is produced annually by the ASU International Institute for Species Exploration, which selects ten most beautiful or strange species from among those described in the previous year. The list for 2011 was released on May 24th.
Second on the list was the Tamoya ohboya box jellyfish, which was described by researchers at the Universidade de São Paulo Biosciences Institute (IB/USP), among others, as part of the BIOTA-FAPESP Program. Tenth on the list was the Pterinopelma sazimai tarantula spider, which was described by scientists at the Butantan Institute.