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.

Perspectives

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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