DOI: 10.1093/jcbiol/ruad042 ISSN: 0278-0372

Benchmarking global biodiversity of decapod crustaceans (Crustacea: Decapoda)

Sammy De Grave, Wim Decock, Stefanie Dekeyzer, Peter J F Davie, Charles H J M Fransen, Christopher B Boyko, Gary C B Poore, Enrique Macpherson, Shane T Ahyong, Keith A Crandall, Valentin de Mazancourt, Masayuki Osawa, Tin-Yam Chan, Peter K L Ng, Rafael Lemaitre, Sancia E T van der Meij, Sandro Santos
  • Aquatic Science


A new assessment of the global biodiversity of decapod Crustacea (to 31 December 2022) records 17,229 species in 2,550 genera and 203 families. These figures are derived from a well-curated dataset maintained on the online platform DecaNet, a subsidiary of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Distinct phases are recognised in the discovery process (as measured by species descriptions) corresponding to major historical and geopolitical time periods, with the current rate of species descriptions being more than three times higher than in the Victorian age of global exploration. Future trends are briefly explored, and it is recognised that a large number of species remain to be discovered and described.

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