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Most Ocean Species Remain Undiscovered
Yahoo ^ | 11/15/12 | Tia Ghose | LiveScience.com

Posted on 11/15/2012 1:50:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Up to a million species live in the seas, and two-thirds of those ocean-dwellers may still be undiscovered, according to a new study that also cataloged all of the known species that dwell beneath the waves.

The findings, published today (Nov. 15) in the journal Current Biology, suggest that the oceans remain a vast, uncharted territory. The new registry could help guide marine conservation efforts by giving scientists a universal way to describe the underwater creatures.

"If you want to understand life on Earth, then of course you need to know what life there is on Earth," said the study's lead author, Ward Appeltans, a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). "If you want to protect the ocean you need to know what you want to protect."

Appeltans began assembling a European list of sea life in 1999. In 2007, his team decided to expand the effort to encompass all of the world's marine species. [Images: Catalog of Strange Sea Creatures]

It was a massive undertaking. Appeltans and colleagues contacted more than 250 world experts on marine life to catalog all known species.

"When there's a child that's born you need to go to city hall and register the name of the baby, but when you create a new species the only thing you need to do is publish a paper in an official journal," Appeltans told OurAmazingPlanet.

As a result, many species names were duplicated.

"For every five species that were described, two were described before," he said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: ocean; remain; species; undiscovered
Maybe they need a new agent.. start a blog,, come out of their shell more.. yaknow

btw, They're up to 26,000 species so far..

1 posted on 11/15/2012 1:50:09 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Just watch out for your toes.. :-}

Gallery: Creatures from the Census of Marine Life

Marine VenusCredit: I. MacDonald.
This Venus fly-trap anemone, living 4,920 feet (1500 meters) below the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is only one among thousands of photogenic species cataloged by the decade-long Census of Marine Life, which is drawing to a close this fall.

2 posted on 11/15/2012 1:53:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

W’s Fault.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 1:57:33 PM PST by Paladin2 (FR is STILL way too slow.)
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To: NormsRevenge

DNA is your friend.


4 posted on 11/15/2012 1:58:39 PM PST by Paladin2 (FR is STILL way too slow.)
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To: NormsRevenge

5 posted on 11/15/2012 1:58:39 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: NormsRevenge; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Indeed! Maybe it's because the scientists are not paying attention?


6 posted on 11/15/2012 2:01:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Travis McGee

“Most Ocean Species Remain Undiscovered”

Reminds me of your survival theory.


7 posted on 11/15/2012 2:04:34 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Salamander

If they are undiscovered, how do they know how many of them there are?


8 posted on 11/15/2012 2:10:20 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow.....we need to spend a few hundred billion dollars to make sure no underwater sea creature is undocumented and therefore disenfranchised....by being nameless...

It’s bad for their self esteem ....imagine .... Floating around the vast ocean with no name....

It’s species discrimination ...


9 posted on 11/15/2012 2:27:11 PM PST by Popman
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To: NormsRevenge

How could this possibly be known? If its undiscovered, you can’t know it’s undiscovered. Maybe everything’s been discovered. Or maybe there’s only 3 more species left undiscovered. This is called a wild a$$ guess.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 2:35:06 PM PST by wny
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To: NormsRevenge

11 posted on 11/15/2012 2:35:20 PM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: shibumi

They can tell they’re down there by the amount of traffic on the underwater proxy servers but they can’t actually identify them individually.

[you got a better answer?]...:-P

And why are crawfish called crawfish when they’re not fish at all?


12 posted on 11/15/2012 2:36:49 PM PST by Salamander (I must be dreaming....please stop screaming.)
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To: Popman

And how may undiscovered plants and animals are endangered species? Maybe we should declare all the oceans off-limits to human activity to protect the unknown!


13 posted on 11/15/2012 2:39:30 PM PST by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: wny

They know there’s undiscovered things because they haven’t discovered them yet.

[I used Occam’s chainsaw for this post]


14 posted on 11/15/2012 2:40:14 PM PST by Salamander (I must be dreaming....please stop screaming.)
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To: Salamander

I’ve been wondering about that too.

Kinda sticks in your craw, don’t it?


15 posted on 11/15/2012 2:41:12 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Salamander

And if there are crawdaddies, are there also crawmommies?

What happens when they break up - or die? Crawidowes?

Are there little crawkiddies?


16 posted on 11/15/2012 2:44:30 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

They refused the how many toilets question in the census.


17 posted on 11/15/2012 2:46:00 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Makes sensus to me.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 2:47:45 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Popman

Ha!!


19 posted on 11/15/2012 2:50:09 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: shibumi

Thank you!


20 posted on 11/15/2012 2:52:25 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: shibumi

/quietly pounds head on table, filled with regret for even mentioning them


21 posted on 11/15/2012 2:59:02 PM PST by Salamander (I must be dreaming....please stop screaming.)
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To: Fledermaus
Look!



A Rote Lippen Schwimmenmaus!


22 posted on 11/15/2012 3:05:47 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: eCSMaster

Once, when i when I was at a beach in the Mediterraneann, I stepped on one of those, got stung, and it almost killed me - the dreaded stone-faced Helenathomasfish.


23 posted on 11/15/2012 3:21:54 PM PST by zencycler
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To: eCSMaster

ai-EEEEEE

THE KRAKEN!!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 11/15/2012 3:57:43 PM PST by Adder (Holy Crap! Now what?)
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