In an example used for describing the meaning of the word "biodiversity" in Cambridge dictionary the phrase "species habitat and biodiversity" is used:

the number and types of plants and animals that exist in a particular area or in the world generally, or the problem of protecting this:

a new National Biological Survey to protect species habitat and biodiversity

My question is, shouldn't "species" be used with possessive s? This rises another question: what is the correct form of using the word "species" with possessive s in this context?

  • I wouldn't think this would be possessive? species seems to be broadly describing a type of habitat rather than a particular set. – Anaksunaman Aug 17 '19 at 12:01

You would use species’ which is the plural possessive form of species.

You sentence would be:

a new National Biological Survey to protect species’ habitat and biodiversity

You could add more clues to the sentence to show you are talking about more than one:

a new National Biological Survey to protect multiple species’ habitat and biodiversity

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