Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fun fact: In the past 2 years 491 new species have been described

Scientists from the 10 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung institutes consider taxonomy and scientific collections among their most important focal points. The objective being to track biodiversity and see that it is maintained.

 Variation in coloration pattern in life of Diasporus citrinobapheus from different localities:
Since more than 100 species die out each day it is important to identify new species so that they can be protected. Although only recently discovered, many of these species can already be considered endangered.

Senckenberg researchers discovered 87 fossilized species but the majority are living. Most of the new species are arthropods but molluscs and plants are also highly represented. In addition, the majority are terrestrial species and the continental distribution has Asia leading the way with 324 newly discovered species.

For more information on this report visit this science daily article:

Almost 500 New Species Discovered at Senckenberg: Newly Discovered Species in 2011 and 2012