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Museum collections, species distributions, and rarefaction

Solow, Andrew R., Roberts, David L. (2006) Museum collections, species distributions, and rarefaction. Diversity and Distributions, 12 (4). pp. 423-424. ISSN 13669516 (ISSN). (doi:10.1111/j.1366-9516.2006.00259.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Biological specimens in museums and herbaria are sometimes used to compare the geographical distribution of different species. In doing so, it is necessary to account for differences in the numbers of specimens. We show how rarefaction can be used for this purpose. Rarefaction is a simple mathematical method originally designed to compare species richness in communities that differed in the number of sampled individuals. We present an example involving two Phragmipedium orchid species. In this case, rarefaction suggests that the apparent difference in range can be explained by the difference in the numbers of specimens. © 2006 The Authors.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1366-9516.2006.00259.x
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2006/// [EPrints field already has value set] AD - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, United States [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Diversity Distrib. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Museum and herbaria collections, Orchids, Rarefaction, Sampling, Species distributions, angiosperm, comparative study, geographical distribution, herbarium, museum, numerical method, sampling, species richness, specimen bank, Orchidaceae, Phragmipedium
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33834 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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