Bali L, Andrési D, Tuba K & Szinetár C
Comparing pitfall trapping and suction sampling data collection for ground-dwelling spiders in artificial forest gaps
Vergleich von Bodenfallen und Saugfängen bodenlebender Spinnen auf künstlichen Waldlichtungen
This study focuses on the comparison of two frequent ground-dwelling spider collecting methods, pitfall trapping and D-Vac suction sampling, in relation to artificial gap openings of a forest stand in West-Hungary. With pitfall traps, we collected 928 specimens, representing 34 species. With suction sampling, we collected 1254 specimens, belonging to 41 species. Examining the distribution of the communities, both sampling methods showed higher spider densities in forest gaps than in the forest stand. On average, the pitfall trapping accessed larger-sized spider species. The hunting and nocturnal spiders were also represented in the pitfall samples, while the D-Vac method detected more web builders. The ordination analysis showed that the two methods accessed different communities. Thus, we suggest their combined use.
Araneae, Carpathian Basin, D-Vac, gap, pitfall trapping, turkey oak