Species Diversity

Published: | Updated: November 8, 2018

Definition - What does Species Diversity mean?

Species diversity is a measurement of biological diversity to be found in a specific ecological community. It represents the species richness or number of species found in an ecological community, the abundance (or number of individuals per species), and the distribution or evenness of species.

Safeopedia explains Species Diversity

Species diversity is a benchmark that can be used to evaluate the health of ecosystems. In a healthy ecosystem, a diverse and balanced number of species exist and maintain the equilibrium of the ecosystem.

Species diversity can be used to determine whether conservationist measures and interventions are required in a particular area.

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