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beta diversity  


  • [Henderson's] biological diversity result­ing from competition between species that produces a finer adaptation of a species to the complete habitat, thus narrowing its range of tolerance to other environmental factors. Beta diversity is represented by the extent of change of species composi­tion along an environmental gradient, e.g. of altitude, from one habitat to another. The greater the change, the higher the beta diversity. alt. habitat diversification. cf. alpha diversity.

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