Law, S.; Parr, C.

Bait use of arboreal ants in a lowland tropical rainforest, Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Malaysia, 2015-2018

This dataset measures the abundance of ant species at baited traps set across 12 trees in four experimental plots in lowland, tropical rainforest. Baited traps were set at 5 m vertical intervals from the ground to as high as possible in the canopy, the stratum of each trap location was recorded. At each height 2 pairs of baited traps were set, each pair contained one trap baited with carbohydrate (honey and oats) and the second with protein (tuna). Traps within each pair were separated by ca 20 cm were left open for 24 hours. All ants collected were identified to morphospecies level and the species abundance in each trap was recorded.

Publication date: 2019-11-21

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You must cite: Law, S.; Parr, C. (2019). Bait use of arboreal ants in a lowland tropical rainforest, Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Malaysia, 2015-2018. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/62bf0251-ca8d-4288-a274-0ff6e39b3a3c

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2016-02-01    to    2016-05-01

Provenance & quality

Twelve 50 m x 50 m experimental plots were located in lowland, tropical rainforest in Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) this included: four control plots, four ant suppression plots and four termite suppression plots. In ant suppression plots ground-dwelling ants were suppressed and in termite suppression plots ground-dwelling termites were suppressed. All plots were established in October 2014 and suppression of ants and termites was maintained until October 2017. Data on the bait use of arboreal ants in this investigation were only collected from control plots.

Ants were collected from February to May 2016 across 12 trees using baited traps. On each tree, sampling stations were set vertically every 5 m from the ground to as high up into the canopy as possible. The number of traps set on each tree ranged from 28 to 44 (mean ± SD = 35 ± 6); across all trees 416 baited traps were set (208 carbohydrate and 208 protein). The stratum (canopy or trunk) of each trap location was recorded, traps placed above the first branch were identified as canopy and traps below the first branch as trunk. Each sampling station comprised two pairs of baited traps (four traps in total); each pair contained one trap baited with carbohydrate (honey and oats) and the second with protein (tuna). Pairs of traps were hung over nails on opposite sides of the trunk at each height interval. Traps within each pair were separated by ca. 20 cm and left open for 24 hours. On collection, specimens within each trap were kept separate and transferred to 70 percent ethanol. All ant specimens were identified to genus and to morphospecies level. Voucher specimens are lodged in a reference collection at the University of Liverpool and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.



Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Stephanie Law
University of Liverpool
Liverpool
 stephaniejanelaw@gmail.com

Authors

Law, S.
University of Liverpool
Parr, C.
University of Liverpool

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Environmental survey
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
21 November 2019 14:39