AQA A Level Biology复习笔记4.6.2 Species Richness

Species Richness


  • Species richness is the number of species within a community
    • A community is a group of populations of different species living in the same place at the same time that interact with each other


  • Species richness is the simplest way to measure species diversity
  • A community with a greater number of species will have a greater species richness score
    • For example, a tropical rain forest has a very high number of different species so it would be described as species-rich


  • Species richness can be a misleading indicator of diversity as it does not take into account the number of individuals of each species
    • For example, habitat A has 10 different plant species and habitat B has 7 different plant species
    • Habitat A would be described as being more species-rich than habitat B
    • However, in habitat A there is only one individual of each plant species present (10 individuals present) while in habitat B there are over 20 individuals of each species present (over 140 individuals present)
    • This example illustrates the limitations of species richness


  • Conservationists often favour the use of an index of diversity as it takes into account species number and evenness