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Hanna Piekarska-Boniecka, Idzi Siatkowski, Alicja Szabelska
The usefulness of similarity coefficients in the comparison of biocenosis structural units
Summary.

A study of flora and fauna that concerned the groupings of parasitoids from the subfamily Pimplinae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) in the agricultural landscape with three levels of mosaic structure (low, medium and high) was used. The obtained data were analysed in terms of quality and quantity using 12 similarity measures and the results were presented in dendrograms. Later on, Mantel test was applied to verify the hypothesis on the similarity of the measures. Based on the dendrograms the similarity measure groups were specified. One of them contains Bray, Jaccard and Kulczyński measures, while the others include Horn and Morisita, Binomial and Gower, Euclidean and Manhattan, Chao and Mountford measures. The Canberr measure did not show any similarity to any of the analysed measures. The measures could be interchanged within a group during the study. The most suitable measures for comparing structural units of biocenoses turned out to be Bray, Jaccard and Kulczyński coefficients.

Key words: biocenoses structure, cluster analysis, dendrogram, fauna, Pimplinae, flora, multivariate analysis, similarity measures
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MLA Piekarska-Boniecka, Hanna, et al. "The usefulness of similarity coefficients in the comparison of biocenosis structural units." Nauka Przyr. Technol. 5.6 (2011): #111.
APA Hanna Piekarska-Boniecka1, Idzi Siatkowski2, Alicja Szabelska2 (2011). The usefulness of similarity coefficients in the comparison of biocenosis structural units. Nauka Przyr. Technol. 5 (6), #111
ISO 690 PIEKARSKA-BONIECKA, Hanna, SIATKOWSKI, Idzi, SZABELSKA, Alicja. The usefulness of similarity coefficients in the comparison of biocenosis structural units. Nauka Przyr. Technol., 2011, 5.6: #111.
Corresponding address:
Hanna Piekarska-Boniecka
Katedra Entomologii
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu
ul. Dąbrowskiego 159
60-594 Poznań
Poland
e-mail: boniecka@up.poznan.pl
Accepted for print: 13.05.2011