This chapter presents some concluding thoughts based on the preceding discussions. It argues that species richness is a core concept because (i) it is (relatively) theoretically precise; (ii) it is (relatively) easy to measure; and (iii) it is (relatively) uncontroversial that the species richness, and species identity, of biological systems are important to the dynamics of those systems. The chapter then discusses the importance of the conservation of species.
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