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A test for space limitation with an application to recently settled lobsters
Solow, A.; Cowan, D. (2012). A test for space limitation with an application to recently settled lobsters. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(2): 467-470. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1818-0
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Solow, A.
  • Cowan, D.

Abstract
    Space limitation in larval settlement can play an important role in the population dynamics of marine species. A novel statistical test for space limitation based on quadrat counts of individuals is described. The test is based on identifying a significant relationship between the relative dispersion of quadrat counts and overall mean density. An application to a time series of quadrat counts of recently settled American lobsters Homarus americanus covering the period 1993–2007 in Casco Bay, Maine, USA (43°45'N; 69°58'W), is presented. For this data set, the null hypothesis that space is not limiting could not be rejected (P = 0.10).

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