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Accession: INS-GCEM-1608 Research Theme: Terrestrial Insect Ecology (Monitoring)
Contributor: Steven C. Pennings
Title: Fall 2016 grasshopper monitoring -- mid-marsh grasshopper abundance and species diversity at eight GCE LTER sampling sites
Abstract: Grasshopper abundance and species diversity were investigated at eight sampling sites within the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems (GCE) LTER study area in August 2016. Visual surveys were conducted along 8 2m by 10m transects randomly allocated within the mid-marsh zone at each site. All grasshoppers observed within each transect were counted and identified to species, if possible. This survey was conducted as part of the GCE invertebrate monitoring program, and will be performed annually to assess long-term changes in relative species abundances across the GCE study area.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/b01aac918dcc377ba90be073814568f8
Key Words: abundance, grasshoppers, insects, marshes, Orchelimum, permanent plots, population dynamics, species diversity, terrestrial, Terrestrial Insect Monitoring
LTER Core Area: Populations
Research Themes: Q2 - Domain Patterns, Q5 - Organism Distribution, GCE3 Area2 - Patterns within the Domain, Terrestrial Insect Ecology, Population Ecology
Study Period: 12-Aug-2016 to 17-Aug-2016
Study Sites:
GCE1 -- Eulonia, Georgia, USA
GCE2 -- Four Mile Island, Georgia, USA
GCE3 -- North Sapelo, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE4 -- Meridian, Georgia, USA
GCE5 -- Folly River, Georgia, USA
GCE6 -- Dean Creek, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE9 -- Rockdedundy Island, Georgia, USA
GCE10 -- Hunt Camp, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
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Species References: Mermiria intertexta, Orchelimum concinnum, Orchelimum erythrocephalum, Orchelimum fidicinium, Orphulella pelidna, Paroxya clavuliger, Romalea guttata, Schistocerca obscura
Project References: Grasshopper distribution within the GCE, Terrestrial invertebrate monitoring
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Data Table: INS-GCEM-1608 (Main data table for data set INS-GCEM-1608, 448 records)

Access: Public (released 17-Aug-2017)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), XML (Ecological Metadata Language)

Data Files: Spreadsheet (CSV) [10.18kb],  Text File [8.85kb],  Text Report [66.99kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [283.83kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [217.23kb]

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Column Name Units Type Description
1 Site none integer GCE-LTER sampling site
2 Year YYYY integer Calendar year of observation
3 Month M integer Calendar month of observation
4 Day D integer Calendar day of observation
5 Transect none integer Transect number (randomly placed)
6 Species_Code none string Coded species name
7 Count count integer Number of individuals observed
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Citation: Pennings, Steven C. 2016. Fall 2016 grasshopper monitoring -- mid-marsh grasshopper abundance and species diversity at eight GCE LTER sampling sites. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b01aac918dcc377ba90be073814568f8

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.