Life Lines

Species yet to be discovered

Good news for those interested in discovering new species. Researchers have used taxonomic data to estimate the total number of species in a taxonomic group. Using this information, they have determined that there are approximately 8.7 million species of eukaryotes around the world. Of those, about 2.2 million live in the ocean. These findings mean that roughly 86% of species on Earth and 91% of those in the ocean have yet to be discovered!

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Source:
Mora C, Tittensor DP, Adl S, Simpson AGB, Worm B, 2011 How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biol 9(8): e1001127. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127

Comments

  1. #1 Alexandra White
    November 30, 2011

    Wow that so awesome! I cannot believe that there are so many new species awaiting to be discovered. National Geographic just came out with an article about eleven cool new species found this year! among them is the beelzebub bat, found in vietnam, and the cyclops shark, a shark found in mexico with only one eye! Heres the link, you should definitely check it out. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/pictures/111027-spooky-new-species-halloween-animals/