[Taxacom] Guess numbers of new taxa described per year?

Charles Morphy charlesmorphy at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 07:49:07 CDT 2019

Dear Tony and colleagues,

There is this paper discussing the number of new species of Diptera (and
related issues) described from 2000-2015. The paper is freely available

Best wishes,

Em qua, 3 de abr de 2019 às 07:24, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com>

> Dear Taxacomers,
> I have been compiling a database of genus names and higher taxa - with
> authors and publication years for the genera at least - for some time so I
> know some answers to a couple of these questions from my own holdings, but
> I wonder if they would surprise anyone (they surprised me!). So my
> questions are, taking for example a relatively recent era for which data
> are available (say 2000-2010), what would anyone imagine to be approximate
> average numbers of new species, genera, and families described per year,
> across all groups (except viruses, for which authors and years are not
> generally cited)? Some answers are out there in internet land (for species
> that is all I would have too), others are not...
> I just thought it might be interesting to hear what numbers taxonomists (or
> other biology persons) might guess. I will relay my answers (on genera and
> families that I have in my database) in a little while.
> (Then we have to divide the answers by the numbers of working taxonomists
> to find out how busy they are, and why they get so little home life!)
> Regards - Tony
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees
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