Ieshko E., Korosov A. Estimation of the species richness of fish parasite fauna: an ecological approach // Principy èkologii. 2012. № 4. P. 28‒40. DOI: 10.15393/j1.art.2012.2042


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Estimation of the species richness of fish parasite fauna: an ecological approach

Ieshko
   Evgeny Pavlovich
DSc, Institute of biology KarSC RAS, ieshko@mail.ru
Korosov
   Andrey
DSc, Petrozavodsk state university, korosov@psu.karelia.ru
Keywords:
parasite fauna
component community
infracommunity
population biology
mathematical models of species richness
Summary: We studied the biological diversity of the parasite fauna in pike from four habitats found in northern lakes of Karelia. The curves of the expected species richness versus sampling effort (the number of examined specimens ) dependency were plotted. A universal approach to the description of the new species replenishment dynamics is proposed – including finding (through combinatorial analysis) the median value between the fastest and the slowest paths of the species richness growth followed by approximation using logistic function . Our analysis showed that the leading ecological factors controlling the formation of the parasite species richness in a specific waterbody are the richness of infracommunities and the age composition of the host sample. The sample of 15 host specimens contains at least 80% of all species in the parasite community.

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Reviewer: A. Pelgunov
Received on: 05 February 2013
Published on: 02 March 2013

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