Number of Known Species in the World
Statistic Verification
Source: World Conservation Union<
Research Date: March 26th, 2015

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Number of Known Species in the World
CategorySpeciesTotals
Vertebrate Animals
Mammals5,490
Birds9,998
Reptiles9,084
Amphibians6,433
Fishes31,300
Total Vertebrates62,305
Invertebrate Animals
Insects1,000,000
Spiders and scorpions102,248
Molluscs85,000
Crustaceans47,000
Corals2,175
Others68,827
Total Invertebrates1,305,250
Plants
Flowering plants (angiosperms)281,821
Conifers (gymnosperms)1,021
Ferns and horsetails12,000
Mosses16,236
Red and green algae10,134
Total Plants321,212
Others
Lichens17,000
Mushrooms31,496
Brown algae3,067
Total Others51,563
TOTAL SPECIES1,740,330

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