Victorian Alpine Plot Network (ATEX): Invertebrate Pitfall Trapping, 2007–2010

Abstract: The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Invertebrate Pitfall Trapping Data Package contains invertebrate data which are sampled in 3-4 pitfall traps within each plot. The same points are used each season. A seven-day sampling period is repeated three times during the snow-free season (October to April) to help survey the full range of organisms present. The objective of the Australian Tundra Experiment (ATEX) is to assess the likely response of vegetation and invertebrates to temperature increases attained through passive warming. The ATEX experiment is locate at four sites on the Bogong High Plains, each site comprising multiple 1 square metre plots. ATEX follows the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) protocol (Molau & Mølgaard 1996, Jarrad et al. 2009) which focuses on the growth and phenological responses of cold adapted vascular plant species to environmental change, specifically, to an increase in summer (growing season) temperatures. The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited 4 times per year. This data package is associated with the following publication: Nash MA, Griffin PC, Hoffmann AA (2013) Inconsistent responses of alpine arthropod communities to experimental warming and thermal gradients. Clim Res 55:227-237. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01136 Study extent: See: Molau U, Mølgaard P (1996) 'International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) Manual.' (Danish Polar Center: Copenhagen, Denmark), https://www.gvsu.edu/itex/library-8.htm 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
Victorian Alpine Plot Network (ATEX): Invertebrate Pitfall Trapping, 2007–2010
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Invertebrates ATEX, 2007–2010
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3eca06142a6
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Invertebrate Pitfall Trapping Data Package contains invertebrate data which are sampled in 3-4 pitfall traps within each plot taken between 2007 and 2010. This data package is associated with the following publication: Nash MA, Griffin PC, Hoffmann AA (2013) Inconsistent responses of alpine arthropod communities to experimental warming and thermal gradients. Clim Res 55:227-237. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01136
Full Description
Abstract: The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Invertebrate Pitfall Trapping Data Package contains invertebrate data which are sampled in 3-4 pitfall traps within each plot. The same points are used each season. A seven-day sampling period is repeated three times during the snow-free season (October to April) to help survey the full range of organisms present. The objective of the Australian Tundra Experiment (ATEX) is to assess the likely response of vegetation and invertebrates to temperature increases attained through passive warming. The ATEX experiment is locate at four sites on the Bogong High Plains, each site comprising multiple 1 square metre plots. ATEX follows the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) protocol (Molau & Mølgaard 1996, Jarrad et al. 2009) which focuses on the growth and phenological responses of cold adapted vascular plant species to environmental change, specifically, to an increase in summer (growing season) temperatures. The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited 4 times per year. This data package is associated with the following publication: Nash MA, Griffin PC, Hoffmann AA (2013) Inconsistent responses of alpine arthropod communities to experimental warming and thermal gradients. Clim Res 55:227-237. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01136 Study extent: See: Molau U, Mølgaard P (1996) 'International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) Manual.' (Danish Polar Center: Copenhagen, Denmark), https://www.gvsu.edu/itex/library-8.htm 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
The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation Data Package contains vegetation data for four sites situated on the Bogong High Plains. Sites, which comprise multiple 1 square metre plots, are visited every second snow-free season. Following the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) protocol (Molau and Mølgaard 1996; Jarrad et al. 2009; Wahren et al. 2013), four open-heathland ATEX field sites, two burnt and two unburnt, were established in the Rocky Knobs area (36.90ºS, 147.27ºE) on the Bogong High Plains in 2003. The burnt and unburnt sites were ca. 1.7 km apart while within burn-type, each of the sites were separated by approximately 0.5 km. At each of the two unburnt sites, 26 x 1 m2 plots are located along permanently marked transects. Transects are 10 m apart, 50 m long, and are marked with sturdy, red gum end-pegs. At each unburnt site, 13 of the plots are covered by a hexagonal open-topped chamber (OTC; base diameter 168 cm, top diameter 110 cm) and the remaining, control plots are uncovered. At each of the two burnt sites there are 14 x 1 m2 plots, seven of which are covered by an OTC, and seven of which are uncovered, controls.
Red gum end-pegs
2
Hexagonal open-topped chambers (OTCs)
The OTCs, which increase ambient temperatures inside the chambers at these sites by about 2 – 2.5°C, are constructed from lightweight, shatter-resistant fibreglass with high light transmittance (86%) and low transmittance of infra-red (<5%). The OTCs for this project are about 50 cm tall, with 110 cm diameter open-tops, and bases 170 cm wide. This size is large enough to accommodate all species to be monitored, without influencing growth habits or reproductive structures via, e.g. edge effects..
3
Data Collection
The data collected is used to assess the diversity of ground-dwelling arthopods. Three or four pitfall traps within each plot are used to capture arthropods. Traps are constructed from plastic sleeves (22 mm diameter, 150 mm deep) and are sunk 150 mm into the ground using a specially designed pin. A glass test tube (20 mm diameter, 120 mm deep) containing 50 mm of propylene glycol and ethanol (1:1) is placed inside the sleeve so that the top of the trap is flush or slightly below the soil surface (method adapted from Majer 1978). Sleeves are sealed with foam plugs when test tubes are not in place.
A seven-day sampling period occurs three times during the snow-free season (October to April). The same points are used each season.
Pitfall traps
File Descriptions
vatx_itex_background_invertebratepitfalldata_p34t111.csv
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acari_anystidae
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acari_bdellidae
definitionAbundance of Acari Bdellidae (NA means not observed)
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acari_mesostigmata
definitionAbundance of Acari Mesostigmata (NA means not observed)
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acari_oribatida
definitionAbundance of Acari Oribatida (NA means not observed)
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acari_prostigmata
definitionAbundance of Acari Prostigmata (NA means not observed)
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acari_trombidiidae
definitionAbundance of Acari Trombidiidae (NA means not observed)
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acari_uropodidae
definitionAbundance of Acari Uropodidae (NA means not observed)
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amphipoda
definitionAbundance of Amphipoda (NA means not observed)
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araneae
definitionAbundance of Araneae (NA means not observed)
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araneae_desidae
definitionAbundance of Araneae Desidae (NA means not observed)
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araneae_lycosidae
definitionAbundance of Araneae Lycosidae (NA means not observed)
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araneae_miturgidae
definitionAbundance of Araneae Miturgidae (NA means not observed)
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araneae_opillonidae
definitionAbundance of Araneae Opillonidae (NA means not observed)
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araneae_salticidae
definitionAbundance of Araneae Salticidae (NA means not observed)
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blattodea
definitionAbundance of Blattodea (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_anthicidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Anthicidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_carabidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Carabidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_carabidae_microlestodes
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Carabidae Microlestodes (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_carabidae_notagonum
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Carabidae Notagonum (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_carabidae_pseudoceneus
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Carabidae Pseudoceneus (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_carabidae_simodontus
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Carabidae Simodontus (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_coccinellidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Coccinellidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_curculionidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Curculionidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_elateridae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Elateridae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_latridiidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Latridiidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_pselaphinae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Pselaphinae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_scarabaeidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Scarabaeidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_staphylinidae
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Staphylinidae (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_staphylinidae_atheta
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Staphylinidae Atheta (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_tenebrionidae_adelium
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Tenebrionidae Adelium (NA means not observed)
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coleoptera_tenebrionidae_lepispilus
definitionAbundance of Coleoptera Tenebrionidae Lepsipilus (NA means not observed)
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collembola_brachystomellidae
definitionAbundance of Collembola Brachystomellidae (NA means not observed)
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collembola_sminthuridae
definitionAbundance of Collembola Sminthuridae (NA means not observed)
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cryptopygus
definitionAbundance of Cryptopygus (NA means not observed)
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geophilida
definitionAbundance of Geophilida (NA means not observed)
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haplotaxida
definitionAbundance of Haplotaxida (NA means not observed)
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hemiptera
definitionAbundance of Hemiptera (NA means not observed)
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hemiptera_aphididae
definitionAbundance of Hemiptera Aphididae (NA means not observed)
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hemiptera_cicadellidae
definitionAbundance of Hemiptera Cicadellidae (NA means not observed)
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hemiptera_coccoidea
definitionAbundance of Hemiptera Coccoidea (NA means not observed)
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hemiptera_lygaeidae
definitionAbundance of Hemiptera Lygaeidae (NA means not observed)
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hymenoptera
definitionAbundance of Hymenoptera (NA means not observed)
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hymenoptera_agaonidae
definitionAbundance of Hymenoptera Agaonidae (NA means not observed)
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hymenoptera_formicidae
definitionAbundance of Hymenoptera Formicidae (NA means not observed)
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hymenoptera_formicidae_iridomyrmex
definitionAbundance of Hymenoptera Formicidae Iridomyrmex (NA means not observed)
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hymenoptera_mutillidae
definitionAbundance of Hymenoptera Mutillidae (NA means not observed)
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isopoda
definitionAbundance of Isopoda (NA means not observed)
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Isotomurus palustris
definitionAbundance of Isotomurus palustris (NA means not observed)
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lepidoptera
definitionAbundance of Lepidoptera (NA means not observed)
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lepidoptera_psychidae
definitionAbundance of Lepidoptera Psychidae (NA means not observed)
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lithobiidae
definitionAbundance of Lithobiidae (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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month
definitionMonth of survey
ordinal text definitionCharacter
number of records702
orthoptera_pteronemobius
definitionAbundance of Orthoptera Pteronemobius (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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plot
definitionPlot ID number
nominal text definitionNumeric
polydesmida
definitionAbundance of Polydesmida (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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pseudoscorpiones
definitionAbundance of Pseudoscorpiones (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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sample
definitionSample code (combination of site, plot and trap IDs)
nominal text definitionCharacter
scutigeridae
definitionAbundance of Scutigeridae (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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sigmurethra
definitionAbundance of Sigmurethra (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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site
definitionSite ID number
nominal enumeration codes
1ITEX site 1 unburnt (Cope Ck. North)
2ITEX site 2 unburnt (Cope Ck. North)
3ITEX site 3 burnt (Rocky Knobs area)
4ITEX site 4 burnt (Rocky Knobs area)
site_name
definitionSite identifier
nominal text definitionCharacter
thysanoptera
definitionAbundance of Thysanoptera (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitnumber
trap
definitionTrap ID number
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tricladida
definitionAbundance of Tricladida (NA means not observed)
ratio number typenatural
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year
date time formatYYYY
definitionYear of survey
vatx_itex_background_invertebratepitfalldata_p34t111_long.csv
abundance
definitionNumber observed for taxon (NA if none observed)
ratio number typenatural
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month
definitionMonth of survey
ordinal text definitionCharacter
number of records42060
plot
definitionPlot ID number
nominal text definitionNumeric
sample
definitionSample code (combination of site, plot and trap IDs)
nominal text definitionCharacter
site
definitionSite ID number
nominal enumeration codes
1ITEX site 1 unburnt (Cope Ck. North)
2ITEX site 2 unburnt (Cope Ck. North)
3ITEX site 3 burnt (Rocky Knobs area)
4ITEX site 4 burnt (Rocky Knobs area)
site_name
definitionSite identifier
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taxon
definitionTaxon of invertebrate
nominal text definitionCharacter
trap
definitionTrap ID number
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year
date time formatYYYY
definitionYear of survey
Contact Email
belln@unimelb.edu.au; ary@unimelb.edu.au
Contact Address
Bio21 Institute, Departments of Genetics and Zoology University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., 3010 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 3 8344 2282
Principal Investigator
Ary Hoffman
Supervisors
Ary Hoffman
Fields of Research
0602 - Ecology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science > Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates; GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecological dynamics; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Invertebrates; keyword:Invertebrates; keyword:Open top chambers; Victorian Alpine; ATEX; Invertebrates
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2007
2010
Geospatial Location
text
South-east Highlands, Victoria, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.73575; southlimit = -37.49639; westlimit = 146.41728; eastLimit = 147.40598
Date of data creation
2018-10-25
Year of data publication
2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications
doi
10.3354/cr01136
Inconsistent responses of alpine arthropod communities to experimental warming and thermal gradients
Nash MA, Griffin PC, Hoffmann AA (2013) Inconsistent responses of alpine arthropod communities to experimental warming and thermal gradients. Clim Res 55:227-237. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01136
uri
https://www.gvsu.edu/itex/library-8.htm
nternational Tundra Experiment (ITEX) Manual
Molau U, Mølgaard P (1996) 'International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) Manual.' (Danish Polar Center: Copenhagen, Denmark), https://www.gvsu.edu/itex/library-8.htm
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.243; PackageId:34
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: 7 Date of execution: 2016-10-10
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service