Meiobenthos and macrobenthos are discrete entities and not artefacts of sampling a size continuum: Comment on Bett (2013)

Warwick, RM. 2014 Meiobenthos and macrobenthos are discrete entities and not artefacts of sampling a size continuum: Comment on Bett (2013). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 505. 295-298. 10.3354/meps10830

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps10830

Abstract/Summary

Species size distributions for metazoan benthic invertebrates conform to the highly conservative bimodal pattern, regardless of the sieve mesh sizes or numbers of sieves used in their extraction. This pattern is not an artefact of sampling a size continuum as suggested by computer simulations using just 2 fixed mesh sizes in Bett (2013; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 487:1-6). Meiobenthos and macrobenthos are coherent entities, each with a distinct suite of functional attributes, and should not be regarded as a single unit for ecological modelling purposes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Marine benthic invertebrates; Species size distributions; Meiobenthos; Macrobenthos; Functional traits
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Life Support Systems
Depositing User: Mrs Julia Crocker
Date made live: 14 Oct 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:12
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6265

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