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Biodiversity of Fish Families on Palm Beach County Reefs from 2003 to 2018

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Date Issued:
2019
Abstract/Description:
For fifteen years the Palm Beach County Reef Research Team has been collecting data on the fishes seen at various reefs in Palm Beach County. The aim of this study was to determine the overall health of these reefs by comparing associated fish stocks biodiversity at two reef sites in Palm Beach County from 2003 to 2018. To compare the fish biodiversity over time as well as between reefs sites, a non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) analyses was used. To evaluate general changes, a t-test was used to compare the total abundance of fish between 2003 and 2018. The results of the NMDS show that the reefs’ fish assemblages do not significantly differ over time. Then, using the years as replicates, the t-test showed a few families differed on an individual basis. The results of this study show that the two selected reefs maintain similar fish stocks.
Title: Biodiversity of Fish Families on Palm Beach County Reefs from 2003 to 2018.
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Name(s): Barnes, Kyle J. , author
Moore, Jon, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2019
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Jupiter, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 35 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For fifteen years the Palm Beach County Reef Research Team has been collecting data on the fishes seen at various reefs in Palm Beach County. The aim of this study was to determine the overall health of these reefs by comparing associated fish stocks biodiversity at two reef sites in Palm Beach County from 2003 to 2018. To compare the fish biodiversity over time as well as between reefs sites, a non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) analyses was used. To evaluate general changes, a t-test was used to compare the total abundance of fish between 2003 and 2018. The results of the NMDS show that the reefs’ fish assemblages do not significantly differ over time. Then, using the years as replicates, the t-test showed a few families differed on an individual basis. The results of this study show that the two selected reefs maintain similar fish stocks.
Identifier: FAUHT00068 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2019.
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Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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