What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity.

  title={What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity.},
  author={Brett R Scheffers and Lucas Joppa and Stuart L Pimm and William F. Laurance},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={27 9},
Estimates of non-microbial diversity on Earth range from 2 million to over 50 million species, with great uncertainties in numbers of insects, fungi, nematodes, and deep-sea organisms. We summarize estimates for major taxa, the methods used to obtain them, and prospects for further discoveries. Major challenges include frequent synonymy, the difficulty of discriminating certain species by morphology alone, and the fact that many undiscovered species are small, difficult to find, or have small… CONTINUE READING
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