Sampling termites in forest habitats: a reply to Roisin and Leponce

Jones, David T., Davies, Richard G. ORCID: and Eggleton, Paul (2006) Sampling termites in forest habitats: a reply to Roisin and Leponce. Austral Ecology, 31 (4). pp. 429-431. ISSN 1442-9993

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To characterize the structure and species density of termite assemblages in tropical forests, we developed a sampling protocol based on a single large quadrat (belt transect) that standardises sampling effort and area. Emphasizing the estimation of species richness, Roisin and Leponce (2004, Austral Ecology, 29: 637–46) recommend sampling numerous small quadrats, and varying the number of quadrats depending on local species density. However, their method would result in the loss of standardisation and speed, taking up to four times longer to collect and process the samples. We show that even for a subtropical forest with low species density, our protocol produces robust results.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 01:00
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01630.x

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