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Niche overlap estimates based on quantitative functional traits: a new family of non-parametric indices
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This work extends and applies an index, NOK, which is based on kernel density functions, and can therefore work with distributions of any shape without prior assumptions, and offers a variant that does this: NOKw, where the ecologist wishes to downweight traits that are inter-correlated, and gives formulae for this. Expand
Towards a consensus for calculating dendrogram-based functional diversity indices
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Results show that no combination of clustering method and distance constantly outperforms the others due to the complexity of interactions between correlations of traits, species richness, distance measures and clustering methods, and it is suggested that any index that requires the construction of functional dendrograms potentially benefits from this new approach. Expand
Functional groups of lagoon fish species in Languedoc Roussillon, southern France
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Ten functional traits of fish species were related to habitat, diet or food acquisition, to propose a classification of 21 lagoon fishes into 10 functional groups, which could be used to constitute functional units and to simplify such complex ecosystems and their interactions. Expand
Do we protect biological originality in protected areas? A new index and an application to the Bonifacio Strait Natural Reserve
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It is found that functional originality was significantly protected in the fish assemblage of the BSNR: species with the most original functional trait combinations became more abundant after 1999, suggesting that protecting most original species is an insurance against functional diversity erosion in the B SNR. Expand
Limiting similarity, niche filtering and functional diversity in coastal lagoon fish communities
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This study was not able to demonstrate a limitation of similarity in coexisting lagoon fishes due to interspecific competition, but results support the niche filtering hypothesis preventing species too dissimilar from one another to co-occur at the same station. Expand
Ecological correlates of dispersal success of Lessepsian fishes
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It is concluded that crossing the Suez Canal does not guarantee successful invasion and widespread dispersal of fish populations and that species ecology is a key determinant for dispersal success. Expand
Changes in the catch composition of artisanal fisheries attributable to dolphin depredation in a Mediterranean marine reserve
There is increasing evidence from previous studies, and from fishers' observations, that coastal dolphins use fishing nets as an easily accessible feeding source, damaging or depredating fish caughtExpand
Predicting trophic guild and diet overlap from functional traits: statistics, opportunities and limitations for marine ecology
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It is suggested that fish trophic guilds can be predicted accurately from ecomorphological traits, but not diet overlap and resource partitioning because of inherent versatility in fish diets. Expand
Protected and Threatened Components of Fish Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea
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It is shown that hot spots of endemic species richness and phylogenetic diversity are spatially mismatched and future conservation strategies and assessment efficiency of current reserve systems will need to be revisited after deconstructing the different components of biodiversity. Expand
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