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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 1995

Spatial structure and ecological variation of meroplankton on the French-Belgian coast of the North Sea

Belgrano, Andrea; Legendre, P.; Dewarumez, J.-M.; Frontier, S.


The spatial pattern of specific populations or communities plays an important role in ecological theories such as species diversity, community succession and stability. A method based on canonical correspondence ordination (CCA) and constrained ordination was used to partition the variation observed in the species abundance data matrix into 4 independent components: spatial, environmental, spatial + environmental, undetermined. Mantel and partial Mantel test results were in accordance with CCA results.


North Sea; meroplankton; community structure; canonical correspondence analysis (CCA); constrained ordination; Monte Carlo permutation test; Mantel statistics

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Marine Ecology Progress Series
1995, Volume: 128, number: 1-3, pages: 43-50

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