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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

versão On-line ISSN 2007-8706versão impressa ISSN 1870-3453


GOMEZ-ANAYA, José Antonio; NOVELO-GUTIERREZ, Rodolfo; RAMIREZ, Alonso  e  ARCE-PEREZ, Roberto. Using empirical field data of aquatic insects to infer a cut-off slope value in asymptotic models to assess inventories completeness. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2014, vol.85, n.1, pp.218-227. ISSN 2007-8706.

The selection of the most appropriate model is essential to predict the potential species richness of a site or landscape. Species accumulation curves have been used as a basic tool for comparing richness when different sampling protocols have been applied. Among the parameters generated by these models the slope has been cited as an indicator of completeness without regard to a defined cut-off value. In this work, we fit 12 field data sets of aquatic Coleoptera (Hidalgo) and Odonata larvae (Michoacán) to 2 asymptotic models (Clench and Linear Dependence) in order to calculate the slopes at the maximum effort and relate them with efficiency. Then, the theoretical effort needed to achieve the 95% of the lists was calculated for each data set in order to get the theoretical slopes. The average slope value found was 0.01 with a variance of <0.001, so we propose this value as indicative of a list reaching 95% of completeness for data obtained from similar sampling protocols. Additionally, we propose the use of number of rare species as an additional criterion to evaluate the inventories completeness. The effect of different sampling intensity on fitted models and estimation of parameters and the importance of a cut-off slope value in asymptotic models as a criterion to evaluate completeness of biological inventories are discussed.

Palavras-chave : potential species richness; theoretical slope; Odonata; Coleoptera; Zimapán; Coalcomán.

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