Science & Technology

Scientists Say Most Marine Species Will Be Discovered This Century

As many as two thirds estimated as remaining undiscovered


As many as two thirds of the species living in our oceans may still be unknown to science, say researchers, despite the fact that their calculations indicate that there are many fewer species than previously thought.

The University of Auckland researchers reckon there are actually fewer than a million marine species, of which around 226,000 have been described by science and around 72,000 more in collections awaiting description.