Number of Known Species That Currently Exist in the World
Statistic Verification
Source: World Conservation Union
Date Verified: 8.2.2011

How many known species currently exist in the world?

 
Category Species Totals
Vertebrate Animals
Mammals 5,490
Birds 9,998
Reptiles 9,084
Amphibians 6,433
Fishes 31,300
Total Vertebrates 62,305
Invertebrate Animals
Insects 1,000,000
Spiders and scorpions 102,248
Molluscs 85,000
Crustaceans 47,000
Corals 2,175
Others 68,827
Total Invertebrates 1,305,250
Plants
Flowering plants (angiosperms) 281,821
Conifers (gymnosperms) 1,021
Ferns and horsetails 12,000
Mosses 16,236
Red and green algae 10,134
Total Plants 321,212
Others
Lichens 17,000
Mushrooms 31,496
Brown algae 3,067
Total Others 51,563
TOTAL SPECIES 1,740,330

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