A test for space limitation with an application to recently settled lobsters Journal Article


Authors: Solow, Andrew; Cowan, Diane
Article Title: A test for space limitation with an application to recently settled lobsters
Abstract: Space limitation in larval settlement can play an important role in the population dynamics of marine species. A novel statistical test for space limitation based on quadrat counts of individuals is described. The test is based on identifying a significant relationship between the relative dispersion of quadrat counts and overall mean density. An application to a time series of quadrat counts of recently settled American lobsters Homarus americanus covering the period 1993-2007 in Casco Bay, Maine, USA (43A degrees 45'N; 69A degrees 58'W), is presented. For this data set, the null hypothesis that space is not limiting could not be rejected (P = 0.10).
Keywords: DYNAMICS; GROWTH; ABUNDANCE; DENSITY; ZONE; PATTERN; HOMARUS-AMERICANUS
Journal Title: Marine Biology
Volume: 159
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0025-3162
Publisher: Springer Verlag  
Publication Place: NEW YORK; 233 SPRING ST, NEW YORK, NY 10013 USA
Date Published: 2012
Start Page: 467
End Page: 470
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Notes: PT: J; TC: 0; UT: WOS:000299199000020