Biodiversity in Hungary: Advantages and limitations of taxonomically complete faunal inventories

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Although inventories are the first step in biodiversity assessment and in many other approaches to biological conservation, taxonomically complete inventories are rarely conducted. There are two main types of inventories-those that are ecologically designed, wherein the sampling is repeatable, and search-based inventories, wherein it is not. I analyzed lists from search-based inventories of four Hungarian reserves. Because they included unpopular and difficult-to-identify taxa, the inventories were closer to complete, in taxonomic terms, than most inventories. Based on the geographical location of the reserves, and the repetition of one inventory, I estimated the number of expected new species in Hungary to be 3,400. This number, however, was strongly challenged by several experts. For example, 5,000 new species of Diptera are expected to be recorded in Hungary. Thus, I concluded that the inventories of the Hungarian reserves are incomplete. The limitations of search-type inventories include nonrepeatability due to lack of predetermined and documented sampling protocols. The advantage of searching is that it provides the most taxonomically complete inventory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalNatural Areas Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999



  • Conservation
  • Inventory
  • Invertebrates
  • Reserves
  • Species richness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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