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  • P-ISSN2765-2203
  • E-ISSN2765-2211

Relationships between Fish Communities and Environmental Variables in Islands, South Korea

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea, (P)2765-2203; (E)2765-2211
2022, v.3 no.2, pp.84-96
https://doi.org/10.22920/PNIE.2022.3.2.84
Yong-Su Kwon (Ecobank Team, Division of Ecological Information, National Institute of Ecology)
Man-Seok Shin (Ecobank Team, Division of Ecological Information, National Institute of Ecology)
Hee-Nam Yoon (Ecobank Team, Division of Ecological Information, National Institute of Ecology)
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Abstract

Most of the islands of Korea are distributed in the South and West Sea, and it consists of independent small stream. As a result, the fish community that inhabits the island's stream is isolated from the mainland and other island. This study utilized a Self-Organizing Map (SOM) and a random forest model to analyze the relationship between environmental variables and fish communities inhabiting islands in South Korea. Through the SOM analysis, the fish communities were divided into three clusters, and there were differences in biotic and abiotic factors between these groups. Cluster I consisted of sites with relatively larger island areas and a higher number of species and population. It was found that 15 out of 16 indicator species were included. Meanwhile, the remaining clusters had fewer species and populations. Cluster II, especially, showed the lowest impact from physical variables such as water width and depth. As a result of predicting the species richness using the random forest model, physical variables in habitats, such as stream width and water depth, had a relatively higher importance on species richness. On the other hand, forest area was the most important variables for predicting Shannon diversity, followed by maximum water depth, and gravel. The results suggest that this study can be used as basic data for establishing a stream ecosystem management strategy in terms of conservation and protection of biological resources in streams of islands.

keywords
Fish assemblage Indicator species Random forest Self-organizing map Stream
Submission Date
2021-09-28
Revised Date
2021-11-24
Accepted Date
2021-11-25

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea