Biodiversity & Ecology
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Socotra Vegetation Database
Keywords: phytosociology; Socotra; TURBOVEG; Yemen.
Abstract: The Socotra Vegetation Database (GIVD ID AS-YE-001) contains 396 relevés (including 500 species). Ten percent of the relevés come from the scientific literature; the remaining 90% have been collected by the authors during several field campaigns carried out between 2007 and 2009. Phytosociological investigation was performed according to the methods described by Westhoff & van der Maarel and Braun-Blanquet. The location of the relevé was selected in relation to the homogeneity of physical features, vegetation structure and species dominance. According to these criteria forest, woodland, shrubland, grassland and halophytic communities were sampled. Plot sizes ranged from 200 m² to 4 m² depending on the plant community. Cover/abundance data for all vascular plants were recorded in the field using the Braun-Blanquet scale. The database was created in TURBOVEG. A classification analysis was performed to identify the main vegetation communities of the islands and the results are included in the database.
De Sanctis, M., Attorre, F. (2012): Socotra Vegetation Database. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 315–315. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00111.