Observational natural history and morphological taxonomy are indispensable for future challenges in biodiversity and conservation
Created at: 2014-08-14
Initial title: Natural history and taxonomy are indispensable for future challenges in biology and conservation
Envisaged journal: Communicative & Integrative Biology
Envisaged date: 2014-09-24
Global biodiversity is rapidly declining, leading inevitably to a loss of ecosystem functionality when species and their associated life-history traits vanish. Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, a large proportion of Earth’s species are yet unknown and also for most described species science lacks a deeper understanding of the functional role of species and thus of ecosystems. In this Addendum we use the recent discovery of a new spider wasp with a unique natural history to illustrate the importance to conduct basic natural history and taxonomy research. We want to encourage such ‘old-fashioned’ research and also want to encourage biologists to report the many fascinating phenomena holding valuable natural history information they may encounter. Such detailed knowledge on species, their life-history traits, and their trophic interactions will be crucial to reliably address the challenges global change will bring.
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