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Number of Species

Postby paux » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:22 am

Hi, my zoology prof is giving a small amount of extra credit to any student in his class that can find a diagram (like the one shown below) with updated species counts. I can't find anything quite as thorough as the original diagram, so I was hoping to simply update the numbers. Does anyone know a good source for finding this information (the number of species in the major classes of chordata)?

Hope you can help. Thanks so much!

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Postby Francis73 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:34 am

Let me tell you, the recent report says that, There are 8.7 million eukaryotic species on our planet — give or take 1.3 million. The latest biodiversity estimate, based on a new method of prediction, dramatically narrows the range of 'best guesses', which was previously between 3 million and 100 million. It means that a staggering 86% of land species and 91% of marine species remain undiscovered.
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