Introduction to taxonomy: documenting biodiversity

Created Dec. 13, 2021, 11:05 a.m.
Updated March 3, 2022, 11:22 a.m.

In this video Jérôme Constant – entomologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - and Joachim Bresseel – Citizen Scientist – explain the fundamentals of taxonomy building on their long-standing collaboration during expeditions in Vietnam looking for new species of insects.

Upon return specimens get mounted, the new species get described and reference specimens end up in the scientific collection. We also explain how a BioBlitz event works and introduce the viewer to the EU-Citizen.Science platform.

Our goal is raising awareness on the importance of naming species, i.e., the scientific discipline called taxonomy (unnamed species still represent 70%+ of extant biodiversity). Getting a name is the necessary first step for a species to be documented, studied on any level, included in faunal lists or in red lists to ensure their conservation. In current time of mass extinction, species without name don’t “exist”, cannot get protection... and can just disappear unnoticed!

This video is an initiative of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences with the support of CeBioS and

Subtitels are available in English, French, Dutch, Thai and Vietnamese.

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Publisher:Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Year of publication: 2021

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