Arthropod Biodiversity Ibero-Macaronesica
- August 1st, 2015
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The Azorean Biodiversity Group participated with several reserachers in the Project of quantifying the biodiversity of arthropods of Iberian Peninsula and Macaronesia. We contributed with one article for Azores and another one for Madeira archipelago. Our Lists of Azores (version 2005) and Madeira (2008) were also the base for many of the articles when quantifying the biodiversity of Macaronesia.
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It has certainly been very laborious commissioning project, based on a figure of between 50 and 60,000 species of arthropods, and the first phase consists of 104 manuals, over 1492 pages, including an introduction to the project, overall guidance and key arthropods and several specific chapters on Iberian biodiversity and each considered Macaronesian archipelagos (Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira ), plus dedicated to the conservation of arthropods, exotic and invasive species and the own taxonomy as a tool (crisis ?) knowledge. The following four sections, each dedicated to a specific subphylum (Chelicerata , Myriapoda , Hexapoda and ' Crustacea ') including 95 manuals on one or several orders of arthropods, to complete the range of 108 orders cited in our territory and waters.