10,000 new insect species described in Dutch entomology journal


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The Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, published in the Netherlands, calls itself A journal of systematic and evolutionary entomology since 1857.

So, recently, it published a special issue celebrating its existence for 150 years.

Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad also published an article about this, in its 29 December 2007 issue, interviewing its chief editor Erik van Nieukerken.

Mr Van Nieukerken estimates that of the one million insect species known to science, 10,000 have been first described in the Tijdschrift voor Entomologie. When it started, it was completely in Dutch. By now, it is completely in English.

All over the world, there are 30-40 specialized entomology journals.

According to Mr van Nieuwkerken, also in entomology you don’t always have to go far away in order to make new discoveries. Museums’ own collections are also a possibility (like with dinosaurs or harriers):

Entomologist Jeremy Holloway investigated the collection of the Natural History Museum [in London] in order to make a complete description of the moths of Borneo. It became his life’s work and ever since 1978, he described over 4,000 species. A fourth of those are new species.

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