A rapid international journal for animal taxonomists

Taxonomic work force: Top 10 countries in Zootaxa

Taxonomic impediment, the lack of enough taxonomists to effectively describe the remaining biodiversity on earth, is one of the major blocks to overcome in dealing with the biodiversity crisis. This crisis is particularly serious in the biodiversity-rich countries in the developing world. The last decade has seen rapid increase in the growth of taxonomic force in the developing world. This is in one way reflected in the number of authors in Zootaxa; the top 10 countries and number of authors are (as of 9 April 2010):


USA 1,098

Brazil 1,046

China 595 (mainland only)

Germany 322

Australia 305

Argentina 301

United Kingdom 211

Mexico 204

France 192

Spain 183


It is obvious that biodiversity-rich countries in the developing world (Brazil, China, Argentina, Mexico) now have large bases of taxonomists and contributed greatly to the understanding of biodiversity. This is very encouraging!

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