The magnitude of fungal diversity: the 1.5 million species estimate revisited * * Paper presented at

@article{Hawksworth2001TheMO,
  title={The magnitude of fungal diversity: the 1.5 million species estimate revisited * * Paper presented at},
  author={David L Hawksworth},
  journal={Fungal Biology},
  year={2001}
}
  • D. Hawksworth
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • Fungal Biology
The number of known species of fungi is estimated as at least 74 K, but could be as much as 120 K with allowances for ‘orphaned’ species. [] Key Result Fresh data sets on fungus:plant ratios and degrees of host specificity, especially from well-studied hosts in the tropics, are consistent with earlier estimates. The extent of novelty discovered in recent monographic generic revisions and studies of species in particular habitats varies from 0‐96%. Allowances for cryptic species, now known to be widespread by…

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