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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3768.4.7

Overestimation of molecular and modelling methods and underestimation of traditional taxonomy leads to real problems in assessing and handling of the world’s biodiversity

IVAN LÖBL

Abstract


Since the 1992 Rio Convention on Biological Diversity, the earth’s biodiversity is a matter of constant public interest, but the community of scientists who describe and delimit species in mega-diverse animal groups, i.e. the bulk of global biodiversity, faces ever-increasing impediments. The problems are rooted in poor understanding of specificity of taxonomy, and overestimation of quantitative approaches and modern technology. A high proportion of the animal species still remains to be discovered and studied, so a more balanced approach to the situation is needed.


Keywords


Biodiversity, taxonomy, trends, impediments, perspectives

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