According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the scientists found, that only between 10 and 20% of the species have been identified by scientists, and most of them are in Brazil, Indonesia and Madagascar.
Also, due to climate change and habitat destruction from human activity, the team says it is a race against time to track down species before they disappear forever.
Professor Walter Getz, a co-author of the study, said there is no doubt that many species will become extinct before we know they exist or contemplate their fate.
This map is important because it can help discover and preserve biodiversity around the world, and the study also shifts focus from how many unknown species are there to where and what are they?
Finding the missing parts of the Earth’s biodiversity puzzle is critical to improving biodiversity conservation around the world, and the analysis is based on the location, geographic scope, historical dates of discovery, and other ecological and biological characteristics of the nearly 32,000 terrestrial vertebrates described so far.
It enabled researchers to extrapolate where and what unknown species of the four major groups of vertebrates are likely to be identified yet, and their number could reach around 290,000, according to current accounts.
The team predicted that large animals with wide geographic ranges in populated areas are more likely to have already been discovered, however, small animals with limited ranges that live in hard-to-reach areas are more likely to avoid detection so far.