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biological diversity  


  • [Henderson's] as defined by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity: “the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological com­plexes of which they are part. This includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.” The number of differ­ent living species is estimated at between 40 and 80 million, most of them still undiscovered and uncharacterized, each species containing yet further genetic diver­sity. Colloquially known as biodiversity. see also alpha diversity, beta diversity, gamma diversity, genetic diversity, species diversity, ecological diversity.

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