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

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Wed Apr 3 10:52:05 CDT 2019

On 4/3/19 3:24 AM, Tony Rees wrote:
> 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.
When I'm asked (during tours, or conversation with interested laymen), 
the figure I toss out is "At least 5000 new species a year". I expect 
that may be an underestimate, but unless the real number is over 10K 
then I'm happy to use a number like that. ;-)


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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