News in brief: Counting project reveals forest's bug diversity

Some 25,000 species of arthropods live in Panamanian forest

By Susan Milius, 17:50 PM December 13, 2012

An international effort has put together the first tally of all the species of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, roaches and their fellow arthropods that live in a tropical forest. And the count: 25,000.

Arthropods represent a big chunk of the diversity of species on Earth, but biologists analyzing such basic questions as how forest ecosystems will respond to climate change haven’t had much solid data on what’s really scurrying, flying and buzzing through those forests. To get a better sens...

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