Good news for those of you who, similar to myself, have “discover a new species” on your bucket list:
To date, approximately 1.7 million species have been described. However, scientists estimate that there may be between 3 and 50 million species total! Even if we follow that conservative estimate of 3 million, that still means we’ve found only a little over half of the species with which we share this planet! Personally, I think that is SO COOL.
Looking at that estimate of 50 million species total, scientists state that there may be 30 million species of insects. We’ve only discovered 571,000 species. That would mean there are FIFTY TIMES MORE types of insects on this planet than those we’ve already discovered.
Studying for ecology is blowing my mind this morning.