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Table 3 Comparison of community structure among vegetation types classified with snow cover duration (week)

From: Assembly processes of moss and lichen community with snow melting at the coastal region of the Barton Peninsula, maritime Antarctic

Properties Snow cover duration (week) F ratio P
0 2 4 5 6
Number of samples (n) 12 9 7 5 21   
Total height (cm) 7.9 ± 4.3 a 0.7 ± 0.2 ab 0.5 ± 0.0 ab 0.5 ± 0.0 ab 0.0 ± 0.0 b 2.746 0.039
Total coverage (%) 83.3 ± 2.7 a 34.8 ± 9.6 b 34.3 ± 5.9 b 24.0 ± 11.0 b 0.0 ± 0.0 c 56.828 0.000
Lichen height (cm) 4.0 ± 0.5 a 0.8 ± 0.2 b 0.6 ± 0.1 b 0.5 ± 0.0 b 0.0 ± 0.0 b 46.837 0.000
Lichen coverage (%) 64.3 ± 6.7 a 34.0 ± 7.9 b 31.9 ± 6.0 b 24.0 ± 11.0 bc 0.0 ± 0.0 c 27.639 0.000
Moss height (cm) 0.7 ± 0.2 a 0.7 ± 0.1 a 0.5 ± 0.0 a 0.4 ± 0.2 ab 0.0 ± 0.0 b 8.637 0.000
Moss coverage (%) 15.9 ± 6.4 a 4.6 ± 2.2 ab 4.0 ± 2.7 ab 0.6 ± 0.2 ab 0.0 ± 0.0 b 4.119 0.005
Snow algae coverage (%) 0.0 ± 0.0 a 0.0 ± 0.0 a 0.0 ± 0.0 a 10.0 ± 10.0 a 99.3 ± 0.7 b 681.016 0.000
  1. According to Tukey’s test, columns are statistically different where they do not share any letter (P < 0.05)