A few weeks ago Ward Appeltans, who was the project manager for the massive World Registry of Marine Species database (here) collected and presented 121 contributors of various marine species, including some plants, protozoans and chromistans, fungi, some chordates and a WHOLE bunch of invertebrates!
The link to the paper is here. I believe it is open access until January 2013.
There are a lot of digests and news articles about this including these:
But of course in a "big picture" treatment, one often lacks some detail so I thought I would spotlight a department with which I was most familiar: Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History!
Eight out of the 121 contributors of the paper (that's about 6%) are residents/associates/employees of the Invertebrate Zoology Dept. at the National Museum of Natural History!!(part of the Smithsonian Institution)
|This graph from the WoRMS statistics page|
Some Neat Factoids about the NMNH Invertebrate Zoology Dept.
- The Collection includes a representative of every recognized animal phylum, including the two most recently recognized-the Loricifera and the Cycliophora!
- You can always check the holdings by going to the online catalog here!
- The dept. has over ONE MILLION cataloged specimens in its database!
- IZ oversees one of, if not the largest collection of Antarctic invertebrates in North America. Here is the USARP page!
- IZ currently hosts 10 active on-staff research zoologists whose interests range from deep-sea cucumbers, freshwater mollusks, midwater polychaete worms, to barcoding and understanding tropical biodiversity.
- Go Check out the IZ Twitter page: @InvertebratesDC