Global species numbers of fungi: are tropical studies and molecular approaches contributing to a more robust estimate?

  title={Global species numbers of fungi: are tropical studies and molecular approaches contributing to a more robust estimate?},
  author={David L. Hawksworth},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  • D. Hawksworth
  • Published 24 July 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
Recent estimates of the global species numbers of fungi suggest that the much-used figure of 1.5 million is low, and figures up to 5.1 million have been proposed in the last few years. Data emerging from tropical studies, and from large-scale sequencing of environmental samples, have the potential to contribute towards a more robust figure. Additional evidence of species richness is coming from long-term studies of particular non-tropical sites, and also from molecular phylogenetic studies… 
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