HIERARCHICAL DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITIES OF AQUATIC INSECTS AND FISHES

Roger L. Kaesler, Edwin E. Herricks

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Hierarchical diversity analysis of data on fish and aquatic insects showed that the component of diversity contributed by the species level was generally very small compared with the component at the generic level or with the total diversity. Very high rank correlations between generic diversity, in which genera were discriminated but not identified, and species diversity suggested that the purposes of environmental monitoring might best be served by working at the generic level rather than the species level. This is particularly true when an index of diversity is to be used as the major comparative and communicative tool. The savings of time and money could be appreciable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1125
Number of pages9
JournalJAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1979

Keywords

  • aquatic insects
  • benthic communities
  • diversity
  • fish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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