Sampling termite assemblages in tropical forests: testing a rapid biodiversity assessment protocol

David T. Jones, Paul Eggleton
  • Journal of Applied Ecology, February 2000, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2664.2000.00464.x

A standard method for sampling termites in rain forest

What is it about?

It describes a simple method for sampling termites across all of the accessible microhabitats in a forest. It takes 20 person-hours to do, but we show that it produces a good, unbiased and comparable result, without complex tools or instrumentation.

Why is it important?

It has become the standard method of sampling forest termites and has led to a large number of papers and comparative studies.


Dr Paul Eggleton
The Natural History Museum, London

For some odd reason we thought it sensible to describe it at the time as a "rapid" method. It isn't.

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