Taxonomic diversity as complementary information to assess plant species diversity in secondary vegetation and primary tropical deciduous forest


Question: Species diversity is commonly expressed as the number of species present in an area, but this unique value assumes that all species contribute equally to the area’s biodiversity. Can taxonomic diversity be used as a complementary measure for species richness in order to assess plant biodiversity in remnants of primary forest and patches of secondary vegetation?

Location: Veracruz, Mexico.