Ant Diversity Sampling on the Southern Cumberland Plateau: a Comparison of Litter Sifting and Pitfall Trapping

  • Martelli M
  • Ward M
  • Fraser A
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*[Compared sifting to 2 sizes of pitfall traps in an eastern deciduous forest. Samples yielded 2,635 individuals from 23 species, 17 genera, & 4 subfamilies. Found litter sifting captured over 10-times as many individuals as pitfall traps of either size. Sifting yielded 2,343 specimens & pitfall traps only yielded 292 specimens in this study. Also important is litter sifting yielded more individuals, more species,& more occurrences of most species than did pitfall traps. However, neither method was perfect, failing to capture all species & species accumulation curves suggest more species could be collected with a combination of methods.]

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  • Matthew G. Martelli

  • Mercedes M. Ward

  • Ann M. Fraser

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