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Sampling the limits of species richness in marine phytoplankton communities

AuthorsCermeño, Pedro ; Teixeira, I. G. ; Branco, Miguel; Figueiras, F. G. ; Marañón, Emilio
KeywordsSample size
Species-accumulation curve
Issue DateSep-2014
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationJournal of Plankton Research 36(4): 1135-1139 (2014)
AbstractWe examined large volumes of seawater under the microscope to explore the limits of phytoplankton diversity in a highly dynamic coastal ecosystem. Our analysis showed that conventional sample volumes severely underestimate the species richness of these phytoplankton communities. The number of species observed doubled after a 10-fold increase in sample volume, implying that estimates of phytoplankton species richness depend critically on sampling effort. The volume of sample needed to detect 90% of the species varied between 0.25 and 1 L depending on the concentration of phytoplankton biomass. © 2014 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved
Description5 pages, 3 figures, supplementary data can be found online at http://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/4/1135/suppl/DC1
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbu033
Identifiersdoi: 10.1093/plankt/fbu033
issn: 0142-7873
e-issn: 1464-3774
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