Most new species are insects

Taxonomists are busy, busy people. Their efforts in the year 2006 have just been released by Arizona State University’s Institute for Species Exploration. Within insects, here’s the breakdown by order:

The Institute has also compiled a whimsical “Top Ten” list of their favorite new species.

source: International Institute for Species Exploration. 2008. The Status of Observed Species Report 2008. online at

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  1. Thanks for the intelligent comment on the In Archei blog. Too many people let this debate devolve into name calling and finger pointing and it does neither side any good.

    Thanks again!

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