Millions of species are out there yet to be discovered. There are 15,000 to 20,000 new species identified annually. A project is compiling the data of all known species in existence in the world. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2011. For more information visit the website in the citation field below.
Today about 1.75 million species of plants, animals, and other organisms have been described, but this is likely a small fraction of the total number out there. Though estimates of how many species remain undiscovered vary widely, a UN Global Diversity Assessment study has estimated that the total number of species on the planet is likely over 13 million. Most undiscovered species will turn out to be invertebrates like insects and spiders, or microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. However new plant species, and even a few larger animals, continue to be described as well. The most promising places to look for new species include the world’s tropical rainforests, oceans, and even the internal organs of other animals, where many microorganisms make their homes!
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