Estimating species richness at large spatial scales using data from small discrete plots

R. Krishnamani, A. Kumar, J. Harte
2004 Ecography  
Estimating species richness in large biomes is a central challenge in ecology and conservation biology. However, accurate census data is often available only from small discrete plots distributed within the biome. Using tree species richness data collected from 48 plots (0.25 ha each) widely distributed through 60 000 km 2 in the rainforests of the Western Ghats of southern India, we test the application of a proposed method for estimating species richness at large scales from measured species
more » ... m measured species commonalities between pairs of censused plots. We show that the method allows extrapolation of species richness from a scale of 0.25 ha plots to that of the entire biome, or 10 5 km 2 . R. Krishnamani
doi:10.1111/j.0906-7590.2004.03790.x fatcat:ock2wl76lrfppdmm3nu7jbyne4