[Taxacom] Biodiversity in the news

Michael Heads michael.heads at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 23 22:54:06 CDT 2011

Hi Richard,
In the latest Syst Biol (early access) Costello et al. estimated there are 1.8 - 2 million (0.3 million marine) species, not 8.7 million as in the PLoS paper.  Quite a difference.
Michael Heads

Wellington, New Zealand.

My papers on biogeography are at: http://tiny.cc/RiUE0

From: Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; ICZN Zoological Nomenclature Discussion Group <iczn-list at afriherp.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 24 August 2011 2:33 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Biodiversity in the news

Apologies for the cross-posting, but it seems that a recent publication of
an estimate for the total number of species on Earth has put biodiversity in
the spotlight (within the top-three Science & Technology stories on Google


As usual, Carl Zimmer has a particularly well-written piece (in the New Your

Whether or not you agree with the recently published estimate, I think it's
always (well....usually, anyway) good to see biodiversity issues draw such
high-profile attention.


Richard L. Pyle, PhD
Database Coordinator for Natural Sciences
Associate Zoologist in Ichthyology
Dive Safety Officer
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
email: deepreef at bishopmuseum.org


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