A sea urchin purchased on eBay was discovered to be an undocumented and entirely new species, after Natural History Museum scientist Simon Coppard was asked to identify it, and was unable to do so. Not finding it in any of his books, he named it Coelopleurus exquisitus (sadly, he didn’t go with their second choice, eBayian auctionius). Sadly, he also thinks that many of the shells that have been appearing on eBay over the past five years are due to illegal trawling. Next time you’re looking to make your own necklace Martha Stuart, find your own damn shells.
[Via: Boing Boing]