Assessing the magnitude of species richness in tropical marine environments: exceptionally high numbers of molluscs at a New Caledonia site

@article{Bouchet2002AssessingTM,
  title={Assessing the magnitude of species richness in tropical marine environments: exceptionally high numbers of molluscs at a New Caledonia site},
  author={Philippe Bouchet and Pierre Lozouet and Philippe Maestrati and Virginie H{\'e}ros},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  year={2002},
  volume={75},
  pages={421-436}
}
Earlier studies in the tropical Indo-Pacific have grossly underestimated the richness of macrofauna species at spatial scales relevant to conservation and management as a result of insufficient collecting and sorting effort. A massive collecting effort involving 400 day-persons at 42 discrete stations on a 295-km2 site on the west coast of New Caledonia, south-west Pacific, revealed 2738 species of marine molluscs. This is several times the number of species recorded from any area of comparable… 
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