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FBIP: Surveys to enhance effectiveness of ants as indicators of change

Latest version published by South African National Biodiversity Institute on Dec 13, 2019 South African National Biodiversity Institute

Survey of ants from Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Robertson M (2019): FBIP: Surveys to enhance effectiveness of ants as indicators of change. v1.0. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=robertson_up_2015_v3&v=1.0

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is South African National Biodiversity Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

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Keywords

Hymenoptera; Formicidae; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Mark Robertson
Professor
University of Pretoria University of Pretoria, Department of Zoology and Entomology 0002 Pretoria Gauteng ZA 0124204396
https://www.up.ac.za/zoology-entomology/article/2259466/prof-mark-robertson

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Mark Robertson
Professor
University of Pretoria University of Pretoria, Department of Zoology and Entomology 0002 Pretoria Gauteng ZA 0124204396
https://www.up.ac.za/zoology-entomology/article/2259466/prof-mark-robertson

Who filled in the metadata:

Mark Robertson
Professor
University of Pretoria University of Pretoria, Department of Zoology and Entomology 0002 Pretoria Gauteng ZA 0124204396
https://www.up.ac.za/zoology-entomology/article/2259466/prof-mark-robertson

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Mahlatse Kgatla
FBIP Data Specialist
SANBI 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria 0184 Pretoria Gauteng ZA 0128435196
http://fbip.co.za/contact/

Geographic Coverage

South Africa (Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN)

Bounding Coordinates South West [-30.286, 22.859], North East [-24.695, 32.005]

Taxonomic Coverage

Ant species from Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN

Family  Formicidae (Ant)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-01-02 / 2017-03-17

Project Data

Survey of ants from Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN

Title Surveys to enhance effectiveness of ants as indicators of change
Identifier FBIS150619119812
Funding Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme
Study Area Description South Africa (Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN)

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Mark Robertson

Sampling Methods

Collecting whole specimen

Study Extent South Africa (Sekhukhuneland and Southern KZN)
Quality Control GPS coordinates where confirmed through ArcMap

Method step description:

  1. Sekhukhuneland – one elevational transect from 750 m to 2100 m a.m.s.l. was sampled. This transect consisted of 10 elevation bands. Within each band, four sampling points, separated by at least 300 m, were selected. 10 traps were installed in a 1 x 10 transect, with a trap spacing of 10 m, at each sampling point. Traps were partially filled with a propylene glycol /ethanol mixture and were active for 5 days. The sampling protocols closely followed those used on other elevational transects (Bishop et al. 2014, Journal of Biogeography, 41, 2256–2268) to maximise dataset compatibility and allow effective comparisons between projects. Sani Pass – one transect was sampled to complement the sampling that has already taken place in this region (Bishop et al. 2014, Journal of Biogeography, 41, 2256–2268). Three elevations were sampled (0 m, 450 m and 3200 m a.m.s.l.). Within each band, four sampling points, separated by at least 300 m, were selected. 10 traps were installed in a 2 x 5 grid, with 10 m between traps. Traps were partially filled with a propylene glycol /ethanol mixture and were active for 5 days. Hlatikulu – Two sites at approximately 660 m a.s.m.l. were sampled. Four sampling points, separated by at least 300 m, were selected. Within each band, four sampling points, separated by at least 300 m, were selected. 10 traps were installed in a 2 x 5 grid, with 10 m between traps. Traps were partially filled with a propylene glycol /ethanol mixture and were active for 5 days.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=robertson_up_2015_v3