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dc.contributor.authorStork, Nigel E
dc.contributor.editorBerenbaum, MR
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-04T12:31:02Z
dc.date.available2019-07-04T12:31:02Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0066-4170
dc.identifier.doi10.1146/annurev-ento-020117-043348
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/376764
dc.description.abstractIn the last decade, new methods of estimating global species richness have been developed and existing ones improved through the use of more appropriate statistical tools and new data. Taking the mean of most of these new estimates indicates that globally there are approximately 1.5 million, 5.5 million, and 7 million species of beetles, insects, and terrestrial arthropods, respectively. Previous estimates of 30 million species or more based on the host specificity of insects to plants now seem extremely unlikely. With 1 million insect species named, this suggests that 80% remain to be discovered and that a greater focus should be placed on less-studied taxa such as many families of Coleoptera, Diptera, and Hymenoptera and on poorly sampled parts of the world. DNA tools have revealed many new species in taxonomically intractable groups, but unbiased studies of previously well-researched insect faunas indicate that 1–2% of species may be truly cryptic.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherAnnual Reviews
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom31
dc.relation.ispartofpageto45
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAnnual Review of Entomology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume63
dc.subject.fieldofresearchZoology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchZoology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode3109
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode310999
dc.titleHow Many Species of Insects and Other Terrestrial Arthropods Are There on Earth?
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorStork, Nigel E.


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