Why are invertebrates important?

An estimated 99% of all organisms are invertebrates, a group that includes insects, crabs, crayfish, corals and molluscs.

Found in every type of habitat, invertebrates are essential to our ecosystems as they recycle waste into useful products, pollinate plants and provide natural pest control. These roles provide immense benefits to humans and we depend on the pollination of crops by insects for our food and livelihoods. Invertebrates are also a source of food for many species including humans and the diets of some birds, fish and mammals are entirely dependent on them.

Threats to invertebrates include habitat destruction, exploitation and climate change. It is important that action is taken to conserve invertebrate species so the essential services and benefits they provide to ecosystems are protected.

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