If you ate the same
meal for dinner every night, you would soon get bored. If you ate
a different meal each night, that might be more interesting. If you
went to a biotic community and found only one kind of tree and one kind
of animal living there, you might find that boring too. The more
kinds of animals and plants you see, the more interesting the community
would be. This would be an example of diversity.
Diversity is a measure of the number of different species that live
in a biotic community. A forest that grows where it is cold and snowy may
have many pine trees living there. But other types of plants would
not be able to live in that cold temperature. This forest would not
be considered diverse, since only a few types of organisms live there.
Along the equator in the tropical regions of the earth, conditions are
much more favorable for plants and also animals. This is where rainforests
are found. A rainforest has
the most number of different types of plants and animals of any land area.
A rainforest is an example of a diverse community. A small area of
the rainforest may have hundreds of different species of plants and animals.
How diverse is your biotic community? Which biotic community in South Florida
is the most diverse? We hope to answer these questions with your data.