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Biological diversity

Definition(s)

An indicator species is a species or group of species chosen as an indicator of, or proxy for, the state of an ecosystem or of a certain process within that ecosystem. Examples include crayfish as indicators of freshwater quality; corals as indicators of marine processes such as siltation, seawater rise and sea temperature fluctuation; peregrine falcons as an indicator of pesticide loads; or native plants as indicators for the presence and impact of alien species. (Source: GEMET)

In other languages

French
espèce indicatrice
Russian
вид-индикатор
Spanish
indicador biológico
Chinese, Simplified
指标物种
Arabic
نوع دليلي

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