DOI: 10.1590/s1519-69842004000100001
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Abstract: Wheeler, Raven, and Wilson emphasize society's growing need for taxonomic information "in order to conserve, manage, understand and enjoy the natural world". In the same editorial the authors point out that "taxonomy is a planetary-scale science", citing "[expediting] taxonomic research" as the challenge within this context. The South American continent, endowed as it is with great biodiversity in fauna and flora, has an asset of enormous scientific and economic importance to the entire planet. Therefore, impr…

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