2017 PSL Review- the numbers

I’ve been very bad at keeping up with my blog lately, with nothing written since September. It’s been a busy term at uni, and it’s had an impact on my pan-species listing progress too! September was good, with 139 new species, but I only managed 105 species in October, November and December combined. This blog will be looking at my progress over the whole year compared with my targets.

Overview: I started the year ranked 41st with a total species list of 2729, aiming to add 1000 species to reach 3729. I ended up ranked 28th, with a total species list of 4177. That’s 1448 new species in 2017, which is far more than I could ever have imagined! Here’s the rundown for each species group. Green in the ‘2017 Total’ column means I matched or exceeded my target, red means I didn’t reach it.

Group 2016 Total 2017 Target 2017 Total
Algae 24 50 40
Slime Moulds 2 4 2
Protists 1 2 1
Lichens 5 50 49
Fungi 101 150 230
Bryophytes 86 160 216
Vascular Plants 860 950 980
Sponges 2 4 2
Comb-jellies 0 1 0
Cnidarians 10 15 12
Molluscs 98 120 114
Bryozoans 1 2 4
Annelid Worms 12 20 17
Platyhelminth Worms 4 8 4
Sea-spiders 0 1 0
Arachnids 75 125 135
Myriapods 49 55 54
Crustaceans 31 40 50
Springtails etc. 1 2 5
3-tailed Bristletails 3 5 3
Odonata 25 30 26
Orthopteroids 22 27 25
Hemipteroids 77 130 291
Hymenoptera 62 120 123
Coleoptera 217 417 509
Diptera 85 150 164
Butterflies 34 40 35
Moths 481 600 659
Remaining Insect Orders 14 40 28
Echinoderms 6 10 8
Tunicates 0 1 1
Fish 46 55 56
Reptiles 6 7 6
Amphibians 6 7 6
Birds 248 290 282
Mammals 35 40 39
Other Animals 0 1 1
Overall 2729 3729 4177

I actually failed to reach more species group targets than I reached, but some of the ones I did reach I exceeded by a very long way! My largest increases were: Beetles (292 new spp), Hemipteroids (214 new spp), Moths (178 new spp), Bryophytes (130 new spp), Fungi (129 new spp) and Vascular Plants (120 new spp).

So that’s the numbers side done. Coming soon will be a blog about all of the highlights, originally intended as a ‘top 10’, but now looking like it’ll be a top 20!

 

 

 

 

One thought on “2017 PSL Review- the numbers”

  1. Hi Calum, Just been looking at your latest blog and wondered what ‘other animals’ would include; possibly ‘mammals’ would include species that I see fairly regularly such as badgers, foxes, squirrels (black & grey), muntjacs and other slightly larger deer, mice, rats ….etc. Hope you’re setting back in to uni life once again and are managing your diabetes ok. Cheers…..Pa x

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