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Folder ... in Belgium?

According to latest data gathered by Statistics Belgium (reference year 2011), 40.467 species have been identified so far in Belgium. This includes micro-organisms, plants, fungi and animals.

Knowledge of the fauna and flora of our neighbouring countries indicates that there may be from 16.000 to 19.000 additional species yet to be recorded. Indeed, there is a high possibility that species found in neighbouring countries, in habitats also frequently found in Belgium, could be present in our country as well.

Taking this estimation into account, there should be more than 55,000 species in Belgium. An underlying implication is that ... about one third of all species in our country have not been recorded yet.

For more information, go to our special section on 'Current status and trends'.

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