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

Abstract

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… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.05.008

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