Species diversity in the Florida Everglades, USA: A systems approach to calculating biodiversity

  title={Species diversity in the Florida Everglades, USA: A systems approach to calculating biodiversity},
  author={MARK T. Brown and Matthew J. Cohen and Eliana Bardi and Wesley W. Ingwersen},
  journal={Aquatic Sciences},
Abstract.The Everglades, a complex wetland mosaic bounded by human development at the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, is home to a wide array of species, including 68 threatened or endangered animal species. Species richness within Everglades National Park, at the southern extreme of the Greater Everglades ecosystem, is 1033 plant taxa, 60 reptile taxa, 76 mammal taxa, 432 fish taxa, 349 bird taxa and 38 amphibian taxa. This paper briefly introduces the flora and fauna of the Greater… 
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  • Medicine, Environmental Science
    Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • 2020
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