oa African Zoology - Numerical methods in marine ecology. 1. Aquantitative 'similarity' analysis of rocky shore samples in False Bay, South Africa

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



An analysis of the factors which determine distribution patterns in the sea is one of the most important problems in marine ecology. Another is an analysis of the causes responsible for the changes in abundance of any species from place to place. The two problems are closely linked and in the words of Andrewartha and Birch (1954) ""distribution and abundance are the obverse and reverse of the same coin"". The dramatic changes in the marine fauna and flora around the South African shores make this area particularly suitable for an analysis of these associated problems and they have in fact been the main interest of the Zoology Department of the University of Cape Town for more than thirty years.

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