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The Philippines' explosion of new species: A slideshow
On a recent expedition, scientists discovered 300 strange, beautiful, previously undocumented creatures
 
A new species of Nembrotha nudibranch (sea slug) Terry Gosliner, California Academy of Sciences

Three hundred. That's the startling number of new species that California Academy of Sciences researchers believe they identified during a recent survey of the Philippines. The new species include vibrant sea stars and urchins, otherworldly coral, dozens of different sea slugs, and a shark that inflates itself with water to scare off predators. "The Philippines is one of the hottest of the hotspots for diverse and threatened life on Earth," says Dr. Terrence Gosliner, who led the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. Take a look at seven of the new discoveries:

 

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