The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth.

@article{Schultheiss2022TheAB,
  title={The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth.},
  author={Patrick Schultheiss and Sabine S. Nooten and Runxi Wang and Mark K. L. Wong and François Brassard and Benoit Guénard},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2022},
  volume={119 40},
  pages={
          e2201550119
        }
}
Knowledge on the distribution and abundance of organisms is fundamental to understanding their roles within ecosystems and their ecological importance for other taxa. Such knowledge is currently lacking for insects, which have long been regarded as the "little things that run the world". Even for ubiquitous insects, such as ants, which are of tremendous ecological significance, there is currently neither a reliable estimate of their total number on Earth nor of their abundance in particular… 

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