World Checklist of Hornworts and Liverworts

  • ID: 3800300
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 828 pages
  • Pensoft
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Over 130 years ago Charles Darwin wrote of his desire for a complete catalogue of all known plant species, but such is yet to be realised. A network of 41 scientists from 18 countries here present the first-ever worldwide checklist for liverworts (Marchantiophyta) and hornworts (Anthocerotophyta) that includes 7,486 species. This group of generally small-sized plants constitute a major part of the biodiversity in many regions of the world and are of critical biological and ecological significance.

This will contribute to The Plant List, which has been developed and disseminated as a direct response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and designed as a framework for action to halt the loss of plant diversity. Checklists are powerful and important tools that can integrate overwhelmingly scattered information and provide baseline fundamental information that can be applied broadly from taxonomy to conservation. The authors envision that

The success of this checklist, initiated in 2008, has been underpinned by its community approach involving taxonomic specialists working towards a consensus on taxonomy, nomenclature and distribution. The authors envision this checklist will increase the accessibility and use of accurate botanical name information for research, conservation and sustainable use for this often over-looked group of plants.
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- Introduction
- Ecological and biological significance of liverworts and hornworts
- Species numbers
- Major historical works
- Contemporary resources
- Structure and format of the checklist
- Taxon confidence levels
- Methodology
- Summary statistics
- Concluding remarks
- Taxonomic synopsis
- Taxonomic list
- Names in genera not currently accepted
- Alphabetic list of accepted taxa
- Acknowledgements
- References
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L Söderström, A Hagborg, M Von Konrat
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