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Title
Pitfall trapping in flooding habitats: a new technique reveals Archisotoma pulchella (Collembola : Isotomidae) as new to the Belgian fauna
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Abstract
Flooding habitats are unique ecosystems with complex land-water interactions. Research on their terrestrial component is seriously hindered by the lack of an adequate and efficient technique for pitfall trapping. This paper focuses on three consecutive items: (1) the description of a new type of trap, developed for use in temporarily submersed areas; (2) evaluation of its potential usefulness by a literature search of pitfall trapping in diverse environments (1998-2003); (3) its application in the trapping of arthropods inhabiting a salt marsh. The literature search demonstrates a bias towards forests, neglecting flooding biotopes. Beetles and spiders are by far the prominent taxa studied that way. Apart from some Diptera, Archisotomapulchella, a new species of Collembolan for the Belgian fauna, is the only arthropod species trapped by the described sampling technique on the mud flats of the intertidal zone of the Ijzer estuary (Belgium), albeit in very high numbers. Additional sampling provided records from the Schelde estuary, and allows reconstructing some characteristics of its population dynamics.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Belgian journal of zoology. - Brussel
Publication
Brussel : 2007
ISSN
0777-6276
Volume/pages
137:2(2007), p. 177-181
ISI
000250305900007
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