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Table 4 Best set of environmental variables explaining the variance in biological data

From: Distribution of planktonic cnidarian assemblages in the southern Gulf of Mexico, during autumn

Variable AIC SS (trace) Pseudo F Pvalue % Var % Cum df
Depth of sampling station 233.27 12,259 7.1374 0.001 0.19751 0.19751 29
Salinity 231.25 6,704.6 4.3553 0.005 1.32E−01 0.32903 28
Zooplankton volume 229.85 5,274.5 3.7646 0.003 2.19E−01 0.54767 27
  1. DistLM-forward analysis; Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) = 229.85; R2 = 0.5477; RSS = 37829; 3 variables. SS (trace) = portion of sum of squares related to the analysed predictor variable, %Var = percentage of variance in species data explained by respective variable in the row, %Cum = cumulative percentage of variance explained, df = degrees of freedom.