Bio 113P Lab 1: Insect Biodiversity in the Finger Lakes Region'

Noteveryspeciesisfoundinequallyaboundantnumbersoftenti

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Unformatted text preview: specieswhich livenow, encounteredby modernbiologistsinchargeofestimatingbiologicalrichnessis,howcanoneaccuratelyestimatethe exactnumberofspeciescurrentlyaliveandactiveinanygivenregion,withlimitedresources,time,and sampleindividuals?Noteveryspeciesisfoundinequallyaboundantnumbers;oftentimes,ahandfulof specieswillhaveanenormousnumericaladvantage,andmanyspeciesinthesamehabitatwillhave onlyarelativelysmallnumberbycomparison,whichmakescollectingtheseless ­populousspeciesfar morecomplicated.Addingfactorssuchashabitatsize,camouflageadaptations,andgeneralevasive and/orhidingbehaviors,anditiseasytoseehowsuchataskmightbecomeoverwhelming.  However,therearesamplingtechniquesthatcanremedythis.Usingarobust,diversesample collectedfromrandomized,assortedpartsoftheregiontobeestimated,onecanobtainaninitial estimateofspecies...
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