Reliability of Taxonomic Sufficiency for Simplifying Benthic Index M-AMBI Methodology in A Heavily Polluted Estuary [post]

Hongjun Li, Yi Sun, Yanbin Gu, Pengfei Xie, Yuan Liu, Jingfeng Fan, Hao Guo
2020 unpublished
In order to assess the ecological quality status of coastal environments in Europe, the AZTI's Marine Biotic Index (AMBI) and multivariate-AMBI (M-AMBI) have been developed. However, the applicability and validity of these methods worldwide remains in question, particularly for complex ecosystems such as estuaries. The present study, therefore, is an investigation of the relationship between the M-AMBI and different contamination variables in a eutrophic estuary in three seasons (i.e., spring,
more » ... ons (i.e., spring, summer and autumn). In addition, the reliability of taxonomic sufficiency for simplifying M-AMBI operation was tested. The results showed that genus- and family-level data accurately reproduced the spatial-temporal patterns of species-level community assemblages. The M-AMBI values showed a consistent spatial distribution pattern in all sampling seasons, with a decreasing trend along the increasing distance from the estuary inlet. Furthermore, both genus- and family-level results performed nearly as well as species-level data in detecting the seasonal variations of different contaminants (i.e., nutrients and organic enrichment). The taxonomic sufficiency succeeded in this temperate ecoregion is owing to the high aggregation ratios at different taxonomic levels in all sampling events. In general, these findings suggested that application of taxonomic sufficiency based on the M-AMBI provides a simple and efficient method for evaluating variations of ecological quality in the Liaohe Estuary.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-109416/v1 fatcat:iz32k5s6jfc2zkobt4r4i2azuy