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Monitoring of marine benthic communities and taxonomic resolution: an approach through diverse habitats and substrates along the Southern Iberian coastline
Sánchez-Moyano, J.E.; Fa, D.A.; Estacio, F.J.; García Gómez, J.C. (2006). Monitoring of marine benthic communities and taxonomic resolution: an approach through diverse habitats and substrates along the Southern Iberian coastline. Helgol. Mar. Res. 60(4): 243-255. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10152-006-0039-2
In: Helgoland Marine Research. Springer: Berlin; Heidelberg. ISSN 1438-387X, more
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Keywords
    Benthic communities; ANE, Europe, Iberian Peninsula [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Sánchez-Moyano, J.E.
  • Fa, D.A.
  • Estacio, F.J.
  • García Gómez, J.C.

Abstract
    Studies conducted along the southern Iberian coastline validate macrobenthic community analyses at taxonomic levels higher than that of species. Twelve studies on littoral benthic communities, carried out by the same research team, were selected spanning both a variety of sampling strategies (spatial, temporal, spatio-temporal) and substrate/ habitat types (sediment, rock, algae). In order to establish differences between the results obtained at the taxonomic levels of species, family and order, similarities among stations were calculated using Spearman's coefficient for ranges. A subset of three studies was selected to investigate possible differences in 'best-explaining' environmental variables with taxonomic level. The environmental variables selected at species level were the same as those found at levels of family and order. It is concluded that studies at the different levels of taxonomic resolution (species, family, order) lead to similar results both with regard to relative community distributions and the environmental variables associated with these. The importance of this result for monitoring similar benthic communities is discussed.

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