Around 100 new species discovered in 2009

Around 100 new species discovered in 2009 Washington: Nearly 100 new species, including several plants and fishes, were discovered this year by scientists around the world.

According to the California Academy of Sciences, its two dozen researchers in collaboration with several dozen international scientists have added 94 new relatives to our family tree in 2009.

The new species include 65 arthropods, 14 plants, eight fishes, five sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal.

Proving that there are still plenty of places to explore and things to discover on earth, the scientists made their finds over four continents and two oceans.

The researchers climbed to the tops of mountains and descended to the bottom of the sea, looked in their owns backyards and on the other side of the world in search of these species, the academy said.

Their results, published in 29 different scientific papers, add to the record of life on Earth and will inform future studies on biodiversity, evolution, and conservation, it added.

"Humans rely on healthy ecosystems, made up of organisms and their environments," says Dr David Mindell from Science and Research Collections at the academy.

"Creating a comprehensive inventory of life on our planet is critical for understanding and managing resources. Yet a great many life-forms remain to be discovered and described," Mindell added.