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Estimating lagoonal biodiversity in Greece: comparison of rapid assessment techniques
Arvanitidis, C.; Chatzigeorgiou, G.; Koutsoubas, D.; Kevrekidis, T.; Dounas, C.; Eleftheriou, A.; Koulouri, P.; Mogias, A. (2005). Estimating lagoonal biodiversity in Greece: comparison of rapid assessment techniques. Helgol. Mar. Res. 59(3): 177-186. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10152-005-0216-8
In: Helgoland Marine Research. Springer: Berlin; Heidelberg. ISSN 1438-387X, more
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Keywords
    Biodiversity; Lagoons; Multivariate analysis; Crustacea [WoRMS]; Mollusca [WoRMS]; Polychaeta [WoRMS]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Arvanitidis, C., more
  • Chatzigeorgiou, G., more
  • Koutsoubas, D., more
  • Kevrekidis, T.
  • Dounas, C., more
  • Eleftheriou, A., more
  • Koulouri, P.
  • Mogias, A.

Abstract
    An attempt is made to compare the results of different rapid biodiversity assessment techniques at the pan-Mediterranean, sectorial and local levels. A uniform multivariate pattern exists at the pan-Mediterranean and national (sectorial) levels: lagoons can be different when they host only a few species, but as species numbers increase, lagoons become homogenous in composition. Multivariate techniques cannot distinguish anthropogenically-impacted lagoons from those, which are naturally disturbed. In the pan-Mediterranean context it is the higher taxonomic levels, but in the national and local context it is the most abundant macrobenthic groups (polychaetes, molluscs and crustaceans) and meiobenthos which provide patterns closest to that derived from the species level. Taxonomic distinctness indices applied to polychaete and mollusc inventories provide meaningful results at most levels and scales of observation. These indices seem to be robust enough to discriminate anthropogenically impacted from naturally disturbed lagoons.

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