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Beauty queens in the wild


CAROLINE FUKUSHIMA / INSTITUTO BUTANTAN / ZOOTAXATwo species identified by Brazilian biologists joined the Top 10 New Species, an annual list of the ten most interesting or beautiful animals in the world, compiled by the State University of Arizona, USA. The first Brazilian species on the list (number ten) is the Sazima tarantula, Pterinopelma sazimai. Found in rocky high altitude grasslands and described by Rogério Bertani, Roberto Nagahama and Caroline Fukushima from the Butantan Institute, it is named after Ivan Sazima, a biologist from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), who was the first person to collect the animal. The second is the Tamoya ohboya jellyfish, collected in the Caribbean by Antonio Marques and André Morandini, from the University of São Paulo and the Biota-FAPESP program.