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The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity

  • Author(s): Appeltans, Ward, et al.,
  • et al.

The question of how many marine species exist is important because it provides a metric for how much we do and do not know about life in the oceans. We have compiled the first register of the marine species of the world and used this baseline to estimate how many more species, partitioned among all major eukaryotic groups, may be discovered.

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