Zootaxa is a peer-reviewed scientific mega journal for animal taxonomists. It is published by Magnolia Press (Auckland, New Zealand). The journal was established by Zhi-Qiang Zhang in 2001 and new issues are published multiple times a week. As of December 2012 more than 26,300 new taxa have been described in the journal.[1] Print and online versions are available.

Edited byZhi-Qiang Zhang
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Magnolia Press (New Zealand)
Standard abbreviations
ISSN1175-5326 (print)
1175-5334 (web)
OCLC no.49030618

See also


  1. ^ Zootaxa Statistics

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