Branchlet shaking: A method for sampling tree canopy arthropods under windy conditions
Majer, J.D., Recher, H. and Keals, N. (1996) Branchlet shaking: A method for sampling tree canopy arthropods under windy conditions. Austral Ecology, 21 (2). pp. 229-234.
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Chemical knockdown is a commonly used method for sampling canopy arthropods. The procedure is susceptible to high winds and in certain conditions may be virtually unusable. Here we introduce a new procedure, branchlet shaking, and compare it with chemical knockdown. Samples produced by branchlet shaking yield fewer arthropods per tree and tend to miss some larger (>1.0cm) and some smaller (<0.2cm) animals. However, the two procedures generally produce data which can portray similar information about the canopy fauna. It is concluded that although chemical knockdown is a superior sampling procedure, branchlet shaking is a possible alternative for situations where chemical knockdown is impractical. Interpretation of the data must, however, take into account the limitations of the branchlet shaking procedure.
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