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Modeling species-abundance relationships in multi-species collections

January 1, 2003

Species-abundance relationship is one of the most fundamental aspects of community ecology. Since Motomura first developed the geometric series model to describe the feature of community structure, ecologists have developed many other models to fit the species-abundance data in communities. These models can be classified into empirical and theoretical ones, including (1) statistical models, i.e., negative binomial distribution (and its extension), log-series distribution (and its extension), geometric distribution, lognormal distribution, Poisson-lognormal distribution, (2) niche models, i.e., geometric series, broken stick, overlapping niche, particulate niche, random assortment, dominance pre-emption, dominance decay, random fraction, weighted random fraction, composite niche, Zipf or Zipf-Mandelbrot model, and (3) dynamic models describing community dynamics and restrictive function of environment on community. These models have different characteristics and fit species-abundance data in various communities or collections. Among them, log-series distribution, lognormal distribution, geometric series, and broken stick model have been most widely used.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2003
Title Modeling species-abundance relationships in multi-species collections
Authors S. Peng, Z. Yin, H. Ren, Q. Guo
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Acta Ecologica Sinica
Series Number
Index ID 1001825
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center