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Progress in ‘taxonomic sufficiency’ in aquatic biological investigations


Chen, X and Han, M and Liang, Y and Zhao, W and Wu, Y and Sun, Y and Shao, H and McMinn, A and Zhu, L and Wang, M, Progress in taxonomic sufficiency' in aquatic biological investigations, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 185 Article 114192. ISSN 0025-326X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114192


The ‘taxonomic sufficiency’ (TS) approach has been applied to algae, protists, invertebrates, and vertebrates, generally by aggregating species-level abundance data to a higher taxonomic level, where genus-level data are often highly correlated with species-level data and are a valid proxy level. The TS approach offers the possibility of a comparison of data from different geographical areas and highlights the effects of contaminants. The TS approach is stable in the face of different researchers and in the comparison of long-term biological survey data. The effectiveness of the TS approach may increase with increasing environmental gradients or spatial area. The TS approach should be avoided when the spatial area is small and small differences in species-level data are considered important, so as not to cancel out the distribution patterns specific to the local environment of the biological taxa.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:taxonomic sufficiency, algae, bacteria, taxonomic level, functional trait, numerical transformation, biological surrogate, community structure
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
ID Code:154185
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-11-08
Last Modified:2022-12-02

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