Cumulative species description curve of Corotocini (Aleocharinae, Staphylinidae) and prospects for the future

Abstract

This study deals with the global estimation of the species of Corotocini (Aleocharinae) based on taxonomic description rates. We estimate the maximum number of possible extant species by maximum likelihood using the Michaelis-Menten model fitted into a non-linear regression. Although the studies regarding Corotocini are majorly taxonomic descriptions, the results suggest that there are many yet undescribed species, We also highlight that the basic knowledge regarding these organisms ecology is fairly obscure. Since the discovery of the first organism living in association with termites, the taxonomic effort hasn't been constant along the years, and although our results suggest that many species lie undiscovered, the lack of specialized professionals can compromise the actual knowledge regarding their biodiversity. Besides that, we comment on the future of this field and the lack of specimens from various locations.

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Published
2020-05-25
How to Cite
ELOI, igor; PIRES-SILVA, Carlos Moreno; ZILBERMAN, Bruno. Cumulative species description curve of Corotocini (Aleocharinae, Staphylinidae) and prospects for the future. Acta Brasiliensis, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 133-136, may 2020. ISSN 2526-4338. Available at: <http://revistas.ufcg.edu.br/ActaBra/index.php/actabra/article/view/325>. Date accessed: 04 aug. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.22571/2526-4338325.