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Maryland’s Biodiversity they documented 30 species of butterf lies in a weekend, with photos, all of which are being uploaded to the MBP database. Much of the formative work and data collecting have been completed. MBP’s lists of butterf lies, dragonf lies, plants and most of the vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians) are extensive and contain all the known species to have been found in Maryland. But there are some focus areas where they could use more knowledge and data: most notably, microscop-

ic species and species found in the ocean off Maryland’s coast. “Maryland’s ocean is no-man’sland,” Brighton said. “We have such a small section of coastline that a lot of study hasn’t been done in Maryland waters. So that’s one of the really hard areas; we have complete lists of all the crabs and shrimp that have been found, and we are gathering fish data, but we don’t have a lot of the pelagic invertebrates, such as sea slugs.” When it comes to the microscopic realm, Brighton has a box of 16 CDs on his desk that contain more than 6,000 organism photos taken

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