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Shawn Laffan edited this page Apr 13, 2015 · 3 revisions


Biodiverse is a tool for the spatial analysis of diversity using indices based on taxonomic, phylogenetic and matrix-based (e.g. genetic distance) relationships, as well as related environmental and temporal variations. Biodiverse supports the following processes:

  1. Linked visualisation of data distributions in geographic, taxonomic, phylogenetic and matrix spaces;
  2. Spatial moving window analyses including richness, endemism, phylogenetic diversity and beta diversity;
  3. Spatially constrained agglomerative cluster analyses;
  4. Spatially constrained region grower analyses;
  5. Interactive visualisation of turnover patterns (for example beta-diversity); and
  6. Randomisations for hypothesis testing.

Biodiverse is open-source and supports user developed extensions. It can be used both through a graphical user interface (GUI) and through user written scripts.

More than 250 indices are supported. See the Indices page.

Screen shots can be found on the ScreenShots page.

Example applications can be seen at the publications page.

Help can be located via the help pages (these are also listed at the left of this page).

A discussion group is at and a blog at

To cite Biodiverse or acknowledge its use, use the following details, substituting the version of the application that you used for "Version 0.17".

Laffan, S.W., Lubarsky, E. & Rosauer, D.F. (2010) Biodiverse, a tool for the spatial analysis of biological and related diversity. Ecography. Vol 33, 643-647 (Version 0.17).

An overview of the system is also provided in Dan Rosauer's talk at TDWG2008:

Rosauer, D.F. & Laffan, S.W. (2008) Linking phylogenetic trees, taxonomy & geography to map phylogeography using Biodiverse. Taxonomic Data Working Group 2008, Perth, Australia. (PPT) (SWF with audio).

For a list of publications using Biodiverse, see the PublicationsList page.


Installation instructions can be accessed through the Installation page.


27-Oct-2014 A new development release is now available. It can be downloaded from

The summary of changes is at


A new blog post describing some of the new features in the upcoming 1.0 release is available.


A new development release is now available. It can be downloaded from

The summary of changes is at


A Biodiverse pipeline for the CANAPE (Categorical Analysis of Neo and Palaeo Endemism) analyses described in Mishler et al. (2014) is now available. See


Biodiverse version 0.19 has been released. It can be downloaded from .

The summary of changes is at


This research has been supported by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP0562070 (Laffan and West) and UNSW FRGP funding to Laffan.

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