Many Aussie Species Remain Unnamed

Posted: Jun 21 2016, 5:28am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Many Aussie Species Remain Unnamed
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There are still many Aussie animal species that remain unnamed.

In the Land Down Under there are innumerable species that remain without a name. These animals and insects remain anonymous for all purposes. Why this should be so is not hard to answer.

Australia has a megadiverse nature. It has gotten a larger slice of the world’s species pie. The natural wonders of Australia are so many that one does not know where to start and where to end. These species require intensive and careful study. Yet they are being neglected and this is cause for sadness. 

The only problem standing in the way of this study is that in such a sparsely populated continent like Australia, there are few funding agencies. Thus little money is pumped into this worthwhile endeavor. Of these half a million species of animals, at least half are insects.

Less than 20% to 30% have been named. Thus 100,000 Australian insects remain that do not bear a name. This reservoir of animal species remains untapped. The legitimate question is whether there is something in a name. Isn’t naming an absurd human endeavor? 

Well, it turns out to be the case that naming is of chief importance for science. Each species’ name is unique and chosen after careful thought and great deliberation.

In fact, each name is as different from every other name as a fingerprint is on a human being from all the other individuals on the planet. No two match in an exact manner. There is always some small differentiating factor.

The Green Weevil for example has the scientific name of Chrysolopus spectabilis. Its name remains uniquely its own. Since the past three centuries or so, humanity has named 1.5 million species, according to TheConversation. Therefore great scrupulosity has to be taken in choosing a name for a new species.  

Without a name, a species is difficult to categorize with respect to its habits and habitat. Naming may seem simple work but in fact it is very challenging and backbreaking in its complexity.

Some of the species are so close to one another that they have almost 99% of the same characteristics. Yet to differentiate them is a necessity.

The Australian authorities face a long uphill battle in their quest for naming unnamed species of animals and insects.  To have a species census just like the one for human beings would be a boon and a blessing for Australia and Australians.

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