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Species diversity [ Ecology ]

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

  The species diversity is the number, of different species (species richness) and their relative abundance (species abundance) that are found in a given ecological community, area or sample.  
Species diversity is what most people mean when they talk about bio-diversity it refers to the different kinds of trees, shrubs, grasses, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects and other organism that occupy a single area. Diversity increases when both the number of species and the number of individuals of each species increases. An area that has a large number of species and many representative individuals from each species is more diverse than an area that has only a single species.

Compare with: monospecific, species composition, species richness







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