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Table 3 Species richness (means ± standard error) of different life-forms (functional groups) in three communities (EDC, STC and ASC) in summer

From: Similarity and difference in vegetation structure of three desert shrub communities under the same temperate climate but with different microhabitats

Community type Shrub HSV HLV
   Total PSV ASV Total PLV ALV
EDC (n = 36) 2.47 ± 0.12a γ 12.06 ± 0.65a 3.36 ± 0.25a β 8.69 ± 0.57a α 3.86 ± 0.26b 0.64 ± 0.14b δ 3.22 ± 0.23b βγ
STC (n = 28) 2.54 ± 0.14a β 9.25 ± 0.70a 2.96 ± 0.21a β 6.29 ± 0.65a α 5.07 ± 0.30a 0.18 ± 0.09c γ 4.89 ± 0.26a α
ASC (n = 13) 2.57 ± 0.29a α 5.54 ± 0.88b 2.77 ± 0.36a α 2.77 ± 0.68b α 4.00 ± 0.38b 1.23 ± 0.17a β 2.77 ± 0.36b α
  1. Different lowercase Latin letters (a, b and c) and Greek letters (α, β, γ and δ) indicate significant (P < 0.05) differences among three communities and four life-forms respectively.