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Panama rainforest home to 25,000 species

December 18, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments



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The San Lorenzo forest is estimated to be home to as many as 6,000 species of insect per acre of trees.
[!gad]The largest ever survey of insects, spiders and other arthropods involving more than 100 scientists and lasting more than a decade has helped to reveal the incredible variety of species that live in the Panama rainforest. The task of cataloging the abundance of species in the region is notoriously difficult due to the creatures' small size and inaccessible habitats. To combat this, scientists used a number of different techniques such as climbing tree trunks and deploying helium balloons to reach the forest canopy.

"This is the first time that diversity of all types of arthropods has been quantified from a tropical rainforest," said ecologist Tomas Roslin. The results identified the presence of more than 25,000 arthropod species in the forest, 60% to 70% of which being previously unknown.
A sweeping census involving more than 100 scientists and lasting almost a decade has estimated that Panama’s San Lorenzo forest is home to an estimated 25,246 arthropod species.


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Comment icon #1 Posted by King Fluffs 10 years ago
6,000 species per acre? Damn, that's quite alot.
Comment icon #2 Posted by LiveForTomorrow 10 years ago
Just arthropods too. Painstaking research. Seems like a healthy ecosystem to me, good reason to preserve this forest!
Comment icon #3 Posted by CuriousGreek 10 years ago
We must protect this ecosystem!!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 10 years ago
Wow that's a lot of insects anyway now that they done their survey they can get to chopping the trees down to make way for cattle so Maca's can sell a hamburger because that's what the world needs more fast fatty food F@#K the flora & fauna we don't need that noooo .
Comment icon #5 Posted by ancient astronaut 10 years ago
Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by UFO_Monster 10 years ago
A lot of bugs are in that rainforest. It makes you realize how little we still now about life on our planet.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Emin 10 years ago
Yes, the insects alone are enough to overwhelm. Splendid is the panama.


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