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Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs


Bar-Ness, Y and McQuillan, PB and Whitman, M and Junker, RR and Cracknell, M and Barrows, A, Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs, Australian Journal of Entomology, 51, (1) pp. 12-21. ISSN 1440-6055 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00836.x


Sampling arthropods in the upper canopy of tall trees presents a range of challenges associated with portability, cost, placement, replication and collection. Detailed schematics and instructions are presented here for three trap designs: sticky CD cases, plastic bottle hanging flight-intercept traps and drink bottleneck funnel crawl traps. By using simple and salvageable materials such as plastic drink bottles and compact disc cases, the financial cost of an arthropod sampling regime in the crowns of old-growth Tasmanian stringybark trees Eucalyptus obliqua (L’Herit) was kept to a minimum. The traps collected comparatively diverse communities: the sticky traps catching high levels of Diptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera; the funnel traps catching Diptera, Hemiptera and Coleoptera; and the hanging traps catching Diptera, Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. The sticky traps were ranked best, and the funnels worst, when integrating relative merits of cost, transport, durability, construction, placement, retrieval, sorting and arthropod condition.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bark sampling, Eucalyptus obliqua, malaise flight-intercept trap, sticky trap, trunk crawl trap
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Bar-Ness, Y (Mr Daniel Bar-Ness)
UTAS Author:McQuillan, PB (Mr Peter McQuillan)
UTAS Author:Cracknell, M (Dr Matthew Cracknell)
ID Code:70663
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-30
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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