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How many species of flowering plants are there?

dc.contributor.author Joppa, Lucas N
dc.contributor.author Roberts, David L
dc.contributor.author Pimm, Stuart L
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-02T18:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-02T18:48:48Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02
dc.identifier rspb.2010.1004
dc.identifier.issn 0962-8452
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2954
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23559
dc.description.abstract We estimate the probable number of flowering plants. First, we apply a model that explicitly incorporates taxonomic effort over time to estimate the number of as-yet-unknown species. Second, we ask taxonomic experts their opinions on how many species are likely to be missing, on a family-by-family basis. The results are broadly comparable. We show that the current number of species should grow by between 10 and 20 per cent. There are, however, interesting discrepancies between expert and model estimates for some families, suggesting that our model does not always completely capture patterns of taxonomic activity. The as-yet-unknown species are probably similar to those taxonomists have described recently-overwhelmingly rare and local, and disproportionately in biodiversity hotspots, where there are high levels of habitat destruction.
dc.language eng
dc.publisher The Royal Society
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings. Biological sciences
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1098/rspb.2010.1004
dc.subject Biodiversity
dc.subject Species Specificity
dc.subject Models, Biological
dc.subject Magnoliopsida
dc.title How many species of flowering plants are there?
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Pimm, Stuart L|0295985
dc.date.updated 2021-08-02T18:48:47Z
pubs.begin-page 554
pubs.end-page 559
pubs.issue 1705
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 278
duke.contributor.orcid Pimm, Stuart L|0000-0003-4206-2456


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