Korcak's power law is applied to examine the patchiness of distribution of taxonomic richness, using data from the Oribatida as an example. The power law [N (n) = A × nB, where N (n) is the number of taxonomic units with at least n subunits] provides adequate descriptions of the distribution of taxonomic richness at a variety of scales in the Oribatida. The variation of the Korcak's exponent B across taxonomic scales is examined and its value as a measure of patchiness of distribution of taxonomic richness is discussed.
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