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Predicting unknown species numbers using discovery curves.

Abstract:

A common approach to estimating the total number of extant species in a taxonomic group is to extrapolate from the temporal pattern of known species descriptions. A formal statistical approach to this problem is provided. The approach is applied to a number of global datasets for birds, ants, mosses, lycophytes, monilophytes (ferns and horsetails), gymnosperms and also to New World grasses and UK flowering plants. Overall, our results suggest that unless the inventory of a group is nearly com...

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10.1098/rspb.2007.0464

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Bebber, DP More by this author
Marriott, FH More by this author
Gaston, KJ More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
274
Issue:
1618
Pages:
1651-1658
Publication date:
2007-07-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:51b124d9-a2ce-4bdc-a892-15dd4c5978d6
Source identifiers:
33828
Local pid:
pubs:33828

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