Biodiversity 2 by Marjorie L. Reaka-Kudla

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The composition of the arthropod fauna of Bornean lowland rain forest trees. J. Trop. Ecol. 7:161-180. Wilson, E. O. 1987. The little things that run the world. Conserv. Biol. 1(4):344-346. Wilson, E. , and F. M. Peter. 1988. BioDiversity. C. 521 pp. Wilson, E. O. 1992. The Diversity of Life. Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass. 424 pp. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html CHAPTER 5 Measuring Global Biodiversity and Its Decline NIGEL E. STORK Research Entomologist, Biodiversity Division, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom In recent years biologists have come to recognize just how little we know about the organisms with which we share the planet Earth.

All rights reserved. html Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html CHAPTER 4 Biodiversity at Its Utmost: Tropical Forest Beetles TERRY L. C. Life on Earth takes many forms and comes in all sizes, from microscopic one-celled plants to blue whales and human beings. Together these organisms and their interactions constitute our planet’s biodiversity. Among this profusion of life are the beetles and their insect and arachnomorph relatives, which, taken together, constitute most of Earth’s biodiversity (Erwin, 1982; Hammond, 1992; Robinson, 1986; Wilson, 1992).

Colwell and Coddington, 1994; Hammond, 1994; Soberon and Llorente, 1993). 41 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 42 / BIODIVERSITY II THE LEGACY OF LINNAEUS Some 237 years ago, Linnaeus published his Systema Naturae, a new binomial system for the naming of organisms in a classification that linked their morphological relationships (Linnaeus, 1758). He set in train a flurry of descriptions of species by a new breed of scientists—taxonomists. 6 million species have been named and described (Stork, 1988; Hammond, 1992) (see Figure 5-1).

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