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PhoenixxFire

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Species richness vs species diversity
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:36:46 pm »
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So my enviro teacher told us that Species richness is a measure of the number of individuals of a particular species that is present and that species diversity is the number of different species present.

But my textbook says that species richness is just the number of species whereas species diversity measures the number of species as well as the type of species (native/introduced) and the number of individuals.

Does anyone know which is correct?

Itís not like he just made a mistake heís told us this in several classes...
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Re: Species richness vs species diversity
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2018, 07:50:09 pm »
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hey!! i'm pretty sure your teacher was a little confused with the terms
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Species richness is a measure of the number of individuals of a particular species that is present.
Species richness is a measure of the number of different species. So the textbook is correct, maybe just clarify with him. He might have been confused with a species' abundance, in which case it would me a measure of a number of individuals of a particular species present.
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species diversity is the number of different species present.
This definition isn't wrong, but it's not complete. Your textbook definition is better but I don't like its wording. If you flick through majority of past exam papers, I think you'll find the best definition. It should go along the line of "the variety of species in a paticular area, measured by the number of species (species richness) and the abundance of each individual species (species abundance)"
One thing to also consider is that species richness alone or species abundance alone can be measures of species diversity, but when defining this term have to mention both.
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