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Habitat Complexity

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Architectural complexity; Habitat architecture; Habitat heterogeneity; Substrate heterogeneity; Topographical complexity

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Krebs (1994) has defined a habitat as any part of the biosphere where a particular species can live, either temporarily or permanently.

Complexity is defined as one aspect of habitat quality that is thought to influence the size, structure, distribution, and stability of populations.

Habitat complexity refers to the level or strength of interaction between a species and its environment.

Introduction

In estuarine ecosystems, habitat complexity is one of the most important factors structuring biotic assemblages. It is frequently an important variable affecting species abundance and diversity. Habitats with high habitat complexity typically support more species and individuals than nearby less complex habitats. Identifying the key aspects and spatial scales of habitat complexity is critical to understanding the ecology and conservation of a range of...

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Ortiz-Burgos, S. (2016). Habitat Complexity. In: Kennish, M.J. (eds) Encyclopedia of Estuaries. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8801-4_234

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