Ten Weirdest Life-forms of 2011

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Cyclops Shark

An extremely rare cyclops shark, recently confirmed in Mexico

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Cyclops Shark
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"Glam Rock" Chameleon

Speckled with what looks like glam rock makeup, the chameleon Furcifer timoni was recently discovered on the species-rich African island nation of Madagascar.

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"Glam Rock" Chameleon
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"Albino" Spider

The newfound trapdoor spider isn't a true albino, since it still has some pigmentâ€"its body is brown, like those of other trapdoor spiders.

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"Albino" Spider
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"Demon" Bat

Named for its diabolic coloration, the recently discovered bat has a black head and dark back fur, both of which contrast sharply with the flyer's whitish belly.

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"Demon" Bat
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Mind-Control Fungus

A stalk of the new fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani grows out of a "zombie" ant's head in a Brazilian rain forest. Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct speciesâ€"all of which can "mind control" ants, scientists announced in March.

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Mind-Control Fungus
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"Pancake" Sea Slug

Resembling a colorful pancake, this new nudibranch looks ready for a bizarre brunch. The sea slug is one of the hundreds of potentially new species discovered on a recent expedition to the Philippines.

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"Pancake" Sea Slug
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Vampire Flying Frog

First found in 2008, the two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) amphibian is known to live only in southern Vietnamese cloud forests, where it uses webbed fingers and toes to glide from tree to tree, scientists said in January.Tadpoles normally have mouthparts similar to beaks. Instead, vampire tree frog tadpoles each have a pair of hard black hooks sticking out from the undersides of their mouthsâ€"the first time such fangs have been seen in frog tadpoles.

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Vampire Flying Frog
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Devil Worm

A "devil worm" has been found miles under the Earthâ€"the deepest-living animal yet found, according to a study published in June. The discovery of the new nematode speciesâ€"called Halicephalobus mephisto partly for Mephistopheles, the demon of Faustian legendâ€"suggests there's a rich, largely unknown biosphere beneath our feet, scientists say.

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Devil Worm
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Big-"Lipped" Sea Worm

Sporting a bright fuchsia hue, this new species of deep-sea acorn worm was recently found some 8,850 feet (2,700 meters) deep near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The colorful creature has extremely long "lips" that help it snag prey in a place where food is scarce, according to a November study.

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Big-"Lipped" Sea Worm
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"Pink Meanie" Jellyfish

Off the Florida Keys (map), hundreds of stinging tentacles dangle from a "pink meanie"â€"a new species of jellyfish with a taste for other jellies that was discovered in January. Adult Drymonema do the majority of their digestion using specialized "oral arms" that dangle alongside their tentacles. The oral arms exude digestive juices, which break down the prey.

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"Pink Meanie" Jellyfish
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Weirdest Creatures-2011

Meet some of the weirdest looking creatures of 2011...

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Weirdest Creatures-2011
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