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indicator species

Any organism which by its presence or absence, its frequency or its vigor, indicates a particular property of its surrounding environment. For example, a particular plant might indicate a soil type or the presence or absence of an air or water pollutant.
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  • biological indicators
  • biomonitors
  • indicator bacteria
  • indicator taxa
  • bio-indicator organisms
  • indicator organisms
  • bioindicator species
  • indicator plants
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