Diversity measurement combining relative abundances and taxonomic distinctiveness of species

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Abstract

We discuss a diversity measure combining information of relative abundances and taxonomic distinctiveness suggested by Ricotta (2004). We show that Ricotta's measure violates weak species monotonicity, a condition that requires that the addition of a species should always increase a diversity index if abundances change only marginally. We suggest an alternative index satisfying weak species monotonicity and apply it to the 'Zeesserveld' forest reserve in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-217
JournalDiversity and Distributions
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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