Nearly half of all marine species found to be duplicates

March 12, 2015 8:44 PM

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After completing a review of nearly all the marine species ever named in the scientific literature, researchers at the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) found nearly half all creatures, 45 percent, to be duplicates.

Some 200 editors of WoRMS scanned dozens of historic databases for papers purporting to have discovered and named new species. A total of 418,850 marine species were found; 190,400 were found to be duplicates and deleted from the record books, leaving 228,450 accepted species.

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