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A classification of New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems

DN3 - Pignao sedgeland, one of the terrestrial ecosystem units defined in the recent Singers and Rogers classification (photo: Anne Humburg).

Nicholas Singers and Geoff Rogers have published a classification of New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems. This long-awaited classification system is based on the relationships between the abiotic environment and its biotic overlay. Transition from this mainly qualitative ecosystem classification to quantitative approaches will occur as biodiversity databases and statistical modelling permit improved fits with natural geographic patterns.

The full documement is available to download here (3.6MB).

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