I’m proof reading plotters of our latest behemoth – the Illustrated Atlas of Wildlife – and came across these two beautiful and, I think, fascinating pie charts (I just commission the pictures, so most of the time I have no idea what their relevance is. Oddly, the text usually isn’t commissioned til all the art is in, so we work ‘blind’):
Individual organisms are grouped into populations of interbreeding or genetically similar individuals called species. The total number of living species is estimated to be between
10 million and 30 million, with most of these being microscopic lifeforms. Vertebrates amount to only 5 percent of all known animal species. There are at least twice as many species of fungi and six times as many species of plants.
And then there’s: