We all know the diverse planispheres that identify well-known animal species. But where do the undiscovered animals hide? A speculative “map of life” identifies the places on earth where this fauna might live …
This mapping could reveal many secrets and be an important source of information for humans. In fact, Yale University researchers have listed the places on earth where completely unknown species would likely live without us knowing …
80% of the animal species still to be discovered?
Today we know that we are losing many species and that others are threatened. Whether through global warming or deforestation, some of the fauna is slowly becoming extinct. However, according to some scientists, it is possible that unlisted species can live in remote places on the planet such as crevices or in the abyss.
Yale researchers estimate that only 13 to 18% of living species are known to date. However, these undiscovered species could play an important role in our ecosystem. The role that we should know as soon as possible so as not to lose it forever, explains the website sciencealert.com.
“Conservative estimates suggest that only 13 to 18 percent of all living species are currently known, although that number can be as low as 1.5 percent,” the researchers say.
How do I find it then?
Environmentalists Mario Moura and Walter Jetz have created a model that extrapolates where terrestrial vertebrates might exist. To do this, they used the biological, sociological and environmental factors of the 32,000 known land vertebrates.
However, researchers do not expect to find new “large animals”, but rather small creatures that live in crevices. Inaccessible places in the landscape that could hide thousands of new species!
According to these researchers, it is still mostly reptiles and amphibians. We should concentrate our research in countries like Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia and even Madagascar. These countries and their tropical forests are said to be home to no less than half of all species still to be discovered.
Researchers believe that there are also many plants, invertebrates or marine animals without us knowing their existence! The results will be published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, and you will have access to an interactive version of the map of undiscovered species (to date) …