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Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2013
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Title
Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?
Published in
Science, January 2013
DOI 10.1126/science.1230318
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Authors

Mark J. Costello, Robert M. May, Nigel E. Stork, Costello MJ, May RM, Stork NE, M. J. Costello, R. M. May, N. E. Stork

Abstract

Some people despair that most species will go extinct before they are discovered. However, such worries result from overestimates of how many species may exist, beliefs that the expertise to describe species is decreasing, and alarmist estimates of extinction rates. We argue that the number of species on Earth today is 5 ± 3 million, of which 1.5 million are named. New databases show that there are more taxonomists describing species than ever before, and their number is increasing faster than the rate of species description. Conservation efforts and species survival in secondary habitats are at least delaying extinctions. Extinction rates are, however, poorly quantified, ranging from 0.01 to 1% (at most 5%) per decade. We propose practical actions to improve taxonomic productivity and associated understanding and conservation of biodiversity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 24 9%
United States 5 2%
South Africa 3 1%
Spain 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Georgia 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Other 5 2%
Unknown 234 84%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 59 21%
Researcher 57 20%
Student > Master 48 17%
Student > Bachelor 36 13%
Professor 18 6%
Other 61 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 207 74%
Environmental Science 46 16%
Unspecified 9 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 5 2%
Other 7 3%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 256. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 April 2017.
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#27,334
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Outputs from Science
#1,050
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Outputs of similar age from Science
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