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  • 1 Griffith University Australian School of Environmental Studies Qld. 41112 Nathan
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This paper presents a procedure for identifying guilds using species-in-stand data. Based on a linguistic analogy relating synonymity with functional equivalence, it develops a dissimilarity coefficient for clustering species which is suitable for measuring strength of synonymity. This coefficient combines two distinct aspects of synonymity - lack of co-occurrence of two species and similarity of context of other species where either species does occur. Synonymity is further restricted through a stand clustering to avoid confounding with environmental heterogeneity. The method is applied to data from Eucalyptus communities from sand dunes on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. Some possible extensions are considered.

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