TABLE 3.

Correlation between V. vulnificus abundance, total bacterial abundance, chlorophyll, salinity, and temperature in Barnegat Bay, N.J., over a 21-month period as determined by using Spearman's rank correlation coefficient (rs)a

ParameterSpearman's rank correlation coefficient for:
V. vulnificusTotal bacteriaChlorophyllSalinity
Total bacteria (cells ml−1)0.684
Chlorophyll (μg liter−1)0.537*0.719
Salinity (ppt)0.499*0.5690.392*
Temperature (°C)0.7750.5870.5110.398*
  • a *, P <0.005. For all unmarked values, P is <0.001.