publication . Other literature type . 2012

Species-area relationships as a tool for the conservation of benthic invertebrates in Italian coastal lagoons

Guilhaumon, François; Basset, A.; Barbone, E.; Mouillot, D.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Country: Sri Lanka
Abstract
Over the recent decades, the preservation of coastal and estuarine waters has been recognised as a priority at national and international levels. At the European scale, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) was established with the aim to achieve a good ecological status of all significant water bodies by the year 2015. Among the descriptors used to define the ecological status of water bodies, taxonomic diversity (usually species richness) is a widespread metric employed across taxa and habitats. However, species richness is known to increase with area at a decelerating rate, producing the species area relationship (SAR). Thus, removing the effect of area (even i...
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free text keywords: conservation biology, model selection, non-parametric richness, estimators, transitional waters, Water Framework Directive, zoobenthos
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