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Provedor de dados:  Rev. Bras. Bot.
País:  Brazil
Título:  Lognormal abundance distribution of woody species in a cerrado fragment (São Carlos, southeastern Brazil)
Autores:  Oliveira,Fabiola Ferreira
Batalha,Marco Antônio
Data:  2005-03-01
Ano:  2005
Palavras-chave:  Abundance
Lognormal distribution
Resumo:  The lognormal distribution model is frequently found in communities, especially those which are rich in species and influenced by many environmental factors, as those of the cerrado. We tested the hypothesis that the abundance distribution of woody plant species in a cerrado fragment fits the lognormal model. We placed 20 lines in a cerrado fragment and sampled, with the point-quarter method, 800 individuals with stem perimeter equal or larger than 3 cm. We plotted the abundance-class histogram of the species, verified its normality with the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, and estimated the expected number of woody species for this community. Of the 63 obtained species, Anadenanthera falcata (with 185 species), Eriotheca gracilipes (43), Stryphnodendron obovatum (37), and Miconia albicans (36) were the most abundant ones. Twelve species were represented by only one individual. We did not reject the null hypotheses that the distribution of woody component species was normal and, thus, their abundances fitted the lognormal model. Therefore, with our work, we can predict that cerrado plant communities fit the lognormal model. If this pattern is maintained in other cerrado communities, there would be implications for the conservation of this vegetation type, because rare species are susceptible of extinction, and implications to their structure, because the dominant species may act as keystone species.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Sociedade Botânica de São Paulo
Relação:  10.1590/S0100-84042005000100004
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Brazilian Journal of Botany v.28 n.1 2005
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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