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01 Feb 2016
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Relations between environmental gradients and diversity indices of benthic invertebrates in lotic systems of northern Italy

V. G. Aschonitis, G. Castaldelli, and E. A. Fano

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Aschonitis, V. G., Feld, C. K., Castaldelli, G., Turin, P., Visonà, E., and Fano, E. A.: Environmental stressor gradients hierarchically regulate macrozoobenthic community turnover in lotic systems of Northern Italy, Hydrobiologia, 765, 131–147, 2016.
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The relations between environmental gradients and traditional diversity indices (taxonomic richness, diversity and evenness) of benthic macroinvertebrate communities in the lotic systems of northern Italy were analyzed. Redundancy analysis (RDA) was used to describe the response of taxa to environmental gradients. Diversity indices were analyzed using generalized linear models (GLMs) with explanatory variables the first two major RDA axes.
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