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pdf 02. Determination of minimum sample size to estimate diet diversity in anuran species

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pp.43-47

Authors: T . Kovacsánd J.Török

Abstract: Rarefaction analysis was applied to determine the minimum sample size required for any desired degree of accuracy of diet diversity of six anuran species in a particular habitat. This method is suggested for the design of sampling strategies in long-term amphibian studies. In the present study the minimum sample sizes were 28, 36, 32, 1 3 , 24 and 8 for Rana esculenta, R. arvalis, Hyla arborea, Bombina bombina, Pelobates fuscus and Bufo bufo, respectively. The greater the diet diversity of a species, the larger the minimum sample size required, and the smaller the simila ity between individuals within species.

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