Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates), Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2016

Abstract: These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna on each of the surveyed plots in Litchfield National Park in 2016. A total of 220 permanent monitoring plots were established between 1994-2002 across three parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) in the Top End of the Northern Territory, representing the Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network. A detailed flora and fauna survey has been conducted at each plot on a 5-6 year cycle to monitor biotic changes. Litchfield National Park contains 40 plots. In 2016, 20 plots were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. In addition, at all plots sampling also occurred at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot.

At each paired plot 3 x 15 minute active searches were conducted within the standard 50 x 50 m trapping grid during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during the 4 day period. A record of ‘X’ indicates identification of species from tracks or scats. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d Study extent: Macropus agilis is now classified as Notamacropus agilis, but the data continues to use Macropus agilis for consistency with previously published data, similarly, Macropus antilopinus is now classified as Osphranter antilopinus, but the data continues to use Macropus antilopinus for consistency. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Type
collection
Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network (Fauna): Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates), Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 2016
Alternate Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna Plot Network: Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates) Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, 2016
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ea1f4c6aa0
Website Address
https://www.ltern.org.au/knb/metacat/ltern.341/html
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna on each of the surveyed plots in Litchfield National Park in 2016. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d
Full Description
Abstract: These data comprise a systematic search for all vertebrate fauna on each of the surveyed plots in Litchfield National Park in 2016. A total of 220 permanent monitoring plots were established between 1994-2002 across three parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) in the Top End of the Northern Territory, representing the Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network. A detailed flora and fauna survey has been conducted at each plot on a 5-6 year cycle to monitor biotic changes. Litchfield National Park contains 40 plots. In 2016, 20 plots were surveyed for terrestrial vertebrate fauna using a range of survey methods. In addition, at all plots sampling also occurred at a second plot directly adjacent to the traditional plot.

At each paired plot 3 x 15 minute active searches were conducted within the standard 50 x 50 m trapping grid during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during the 4 day period. A record of ‘X’ indicates identification of species from tracks or scats. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d Study extent: Macropus agilis is now classified as Notamacropus agilis, but the data continues to use Macropus agilis for consistency with previously published data, similarly, Macropus antilopinus is now classified as Osphranter antilopinus, but the data continues to use Macropus antilopinus for consistency. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods
1
Plot set-up
Litchfield National Park contains 40 plots, each with a paired plot located within 1 km of the primary plot.
At each paired plot 3 x 15 minute active searches were conducted within the standard 50 x 50 m trapping grid during daylight hours at different times of the day (morning, midday and late afternoon) during the 4 day period.
2
Data collection
Active searches usually involve two people conducting a meandering survey within the 50 x 50 m trapping grid.
• Each quadrat is actively searched for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, scats and other signs.
• The search involves moving rocks and logs, raking through leaf litter and vegetation, looking under bark or in rock crevices. Care must be taken not to damage or destroy shelter sites (e.g. logs, bark, and vegetation) and any upturned rocks, logs etc should be placed back in the same position.
• The number of individuals of each species seen is recorded.
• Scats, bones and other signs are recorded where these can confidently be attributed to a species.
• Carnivore scats, owl pellets etc. may be collected for hair analysis and should be labelled with location, date and collector.
Binoculars and GPS
File Descriptions
tpsl_diurnal_vertebrate_census_p733t972.csv
abundance
definitionSpecies abundance
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
common_name
definitionCommon name of observed species
nominal text definitionCharacter
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of observation
descriptionTerrestrial vertebrate search data for Litchfield 2016
id
definitionObservation identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records161
scientific_name
definitionScientific name of observed species
nominal text definitionCharacter
site
definitionSite identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species_id
definitionSpecies identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
survey
definitionSurvey name
nominal enumeration codes
KAKADUKakadu National Park
LITCHFIELDLitchfield National Park
NITMILUKNitmiluk National Park
survey_site
definitionSurvey identification number
nominal text definitionCharacter
Contact Email
alaric.fisher@nt.gov.au
Contact Address
PO Box 496 Palmerston, Northern Territory, 0831 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 8 8995 5002; +61 478 404 546
Principal Investigator
Alaric Fisher
Supervisors
Alaric Fisher
Collaborators
John Woinarski; Northern Territory Government Department of Land Resource Management; Graeme Gillespie; Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission; Luke Einoder
Fields of Research
0502 - Environmental Science and Management; 0602 - Ecology; 0608 - Zoology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere > Terrestrial Ecosystems > Savannas; GCMD:Earth Science > Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Mammals; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Herpetofauna; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Invasive animals; keyword:Vertebrates; keyword:Litchfield National Park; Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects - Fauna; Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk; Faunal Search (Diurnal Census for Vertebrates)
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2016
Geospatial Location
text
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -13.038, southlimit = -13.52589, westlimit = 130.68445, eastLimit = 130.9701
Date of data creation
2017-07-31
Year of data publication
2017
Creator(s) for Citation
Alaric
Fisher
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern.341; PackageId:733
Access Rights
Users are required to contact the data provider (Graeme Gillespie) to discuss use of these data, including collaboration or co-authorship where appropriate. Users are also required to seek permission from Northern Territory Government Department of Land Resource to discuss use of all of these data packages, and Parks Australia prior to use of data packages from Kakadu National Park.
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY- Attribution) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Licence
LTERN Deed: 47 Date of execution: 2017-05-12
Data Location
https://datacommons.anu.edu.au
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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