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

  • Jones D
  • Davies R
  • Eggleton P
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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.

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  • Assemblage structure
  • Functional diversity
  • Isoptera
  • Sampling standardization
  • Termite biogeography

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  • David T. Jones

  • Richard G. Davies

  • Paul Eggleton

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