Numerical and taxonomic scale of analysis in paleoecological data sets: Examples from neo-tropical Pleistocene reef coral communities

Pandolfi, J. M. (2001) Numerical and taxonomic scale of analysis in paleoecological data sets: Examples from neo-tropical Pleistocene reef coral communities. Journal of Paleontology, 75 3: 546-563. doi:10.1666/0022-3360(2001)075<0546:NATSOA>2.0.CO;2


Author Pandolfi, J. M.
Title Numerical and taxonomic scale of analysis in paleoecological data sets: Examples from neo-tropical Pleistocene reef coral communities
Journal name Journal of Paleontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3360
Publication date 2001-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1666/0022-3360(2001)075<0546:NATSOA>2.0.CO;2
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 75
Issue 3
Start page 546
End page 563
Total pages 18
Place of publication New York, USA
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract I investigated the degree to which the interpretation of reef coral distribution data is influenced by the numerical and taxonomic scale of analysis in Pleistocene coral communities from the Caribbean Sea. Patterns of community differentiation analyzed at both species and genus levels showed only small differences using different numerical scales (relative abundance, rank abundance and species presence and absence). Whereas some differences were observed between species and genus level patterns, they had little effect on paleoecological interpretations. The greatest differences occurred when presence and absence analyses of assemblages sampled along 40-m transects were compared with those sampled along 40-m transects augmented by a one-hour search for rare taxa. These results suggest that paleoecological interpretations of Quaternary coral communities are robust to numerical scale of analysis at the species and genus level, and to taxonomic scale between the species and genus level. However, interpretations of community structure are sensitive to sampling intensity, geographic scale, and sample size.
Keyword Paleontology
Macroinvertebrate Communities
Resolution
Pollution
Patterns
Impact
Quantification
Macrobenthos
Assemblages
Sufficient
Ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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