The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity

@article{Appeltans2012TheMO,
  title={The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity},
  author={W. Appeltans and S. Ahyong and G. Anderson and M. Angel and T. Artois and N. Bailly and R. Bamber and Anthony Barber and I. Bartsch and A. Berta and Magdalena Błażewicz-Paszkowycz and P. Bock and G. Boxshall and C. Boyko and S. N. Brand{\~a}o and R. Bray and N. Bruce and S. Cairns and T. Chan and Lanna. Cheng and A. Collins and T. Cribb and M. Curini-Galletti and F. Dahdouh-Guebas and P. Davie and M. N. Dawson and O. Clerck and W. Decock and S. D. Grave and N. J. Voogd and D. Domning and C. Emig and C. Ers{\'e}us and W. Eschmeyer and K. Fauchald and D. Fautin and S. Feist and C. Fransen and H. Furuya and {\'O}. Garc{\'i}a-{\'A}lvarez and S. Gerken and D. Gibson and A. Gittenberger and S. Gofas and Liza G{\'o}mez-Daglio and D. Gordon and M. Guiry and F. Hernandez and B. W. Hoeksema and R. Hopcroft and D. Jaume and P. Kirk and N. Koedam and S. Koenemann and J{\"u}rgen Kolb and R. Kristensen and A. Kroh and G. Lambert and D. Lazarus and R. Lemaitre and M. Longshaw and J. Lowry and E. Macpherson and L. Madin and C. Mah and G. Mapstone and P. Mclaughlin and J. Mees and Kenneth Meland and C. Messing and C. Mills and T. Molodtsova and R. Mooi and B. Neuhaus and P. Ng and C. Nielsen and J. Norenburg and D. Opresko and M. Osawa and G. Paulay and W. Perrin and J. Pilger and G. Poore and P. Pugh and G. Read and J. Reimer and M. Rius and R. Rocha and J. Saiz-Salinas and V. Scarabino and B. Schierwater and A. Schmidt‐Rhaesa and K. Schnabel and M. Schotte and P. Schuchert and E. Schwabe and H. Segers and C. Self-Sullivan and N. Shenkar and V. Siegel and W. Sterrer and S. St{\"o}hr and B. Swalla and M. Tasker and E. V. Thuesen and T. Timm and M. Todaro and X. Turon and S. Tyler and P. Uetz and J. V. D. Land and B. Vanhoorne and L. P. Ofwegen and R. Soest and J. Vanaverbeke and G. Walker-Smith and T. Walter and A. Warren and G. Williams and Simon P. Wilson and Mark John Costello},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={22},
  pages={2189-2202}
}
BACKGROUND The question of how many marine species exist is important because it provides a metric for how much we do and do not know about life in the oceans. We have compiled the first register of the marine species of the world and used this baseline to estimate how many more species, partitioned among all major eukaryotic groups, may be discovered. RESULTS There are ∼226,000 eukaryotic marine species described. More species were described in the past decade (∼20,000) than in any previous… Expand

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