CSPs: Chilopoda of pitfall traps in the CSPs 2009

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Dataset Abstract

Pitfall traps (four traps per plot, located at the corners of the central 10 x 10 m subplot) were used to assess the activity abundance and species richness of selected macrofauna taxa in relation to the plots' woody plant diversity. Enables to test to what extent woody plant diversity affects the abundance, species composition and diversity of, e.g. predators (which might profit from higher structural diversity or better resource availability in more plant diverse plots) or decomposers (which might profit from more diverse resources in more plant diverse plots). Traps consisted of plastic cups (diameter 8.5 cm, depth 15 cm, capacity 550 ml) sunk into the ground and filled with 150 ml of preserving solution (40% ethanol, 30% water, 20% glycerol, 10% acetic acid, with a few drops of detergent to reduce surface tension) for continuous trapping. Sampling was conducted in 2009 for five months (30 March–2 September) and covered the main growing season. The traps were emptied and refilled at 14 day intervals. Taxa were sorted in the lab and specimen were identified to species or morphospecies level (within families or genera).

Dataset Design

Four pitfall traps, located at the corners of the central 10 x 10 m subplot, were installed in each of the 27 CSPs in 2009. Traps consisted of plastic cups (diameter 8.5 cm, depth 15 cm, capacity 550 ml) sunk into the ground and filled with 150 ml of preserving solution (40% ethanol, 30% water, 20% glycerol, 10% acetic acid, with a few drops of detergent to reduce surface tension) for continuous trapping. Sampling was conducted in 2009 for five months (30 March–2 September) and covered the main growing season. The traps were emptied and refilled at 14 day intervals. Taxa were sorted in the lab and specimen were identified to species or morphospecies level (within families or genera).

Spatial Extent

Comparative Study Plots, Gutianshan
29°08'-29°17'N
118°02'-118°11'E

Temporal Extent

Growing season 2009

Taxonomic Extent

Chilopoda

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

CSP
Number of the Comparative Study Plot; Datagroup description: BEF research plot name; Datagroup description: Reasearch plots of the Biodiversity - Ecosystem functioning experiment (BEF-China). Comparative Study Plots (CSP) in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve, having a size of 30x30m^2, measured on the ground.
Data group: BEF research plot name
Keywords: location
Values
CSP03
CSP01
CSP02
CSP05
CSP04
Trap
Location of the pitfall trap
Data group: Trap location within the Comparative Study Sites.
Keywords: CSP, location
Values
CSP01_SW
CSP01_NE
CSP01_NW
CSP01_SE
CSP02_NE
Species
Chilopod morphospecies name
Data group: Chilopod morphospecies
Keywords: species, taxon
Values
Geophilomorpha_4
Geophilomorpha_2
Geophilomorpha_1
Geophilomorpha_3
Geophilomorpha_10
Individuals
Number of individuals caught
Data group: Abundance
Keywords: abundance
Values
1