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

Ohl, Michael Michael.Ohl at mfn.berlin
Wed Apr 3 11:05:02 CDT 2019

According to Costello et al (2013: 0.1126/science.1230318), 18,000 species are constantly described every year since 2006.

Cheers, Michael

PD Dr. Michael Ohl

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Von: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> Im Auftrag von Doug Yanega
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 3. April 2019 17:52
An: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Betreff: Re: [Taxacom] Guess numbers of new taxa described per year?

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
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