The effectiveness of various pitfall trap designs and pitfall/drift fence systems for sampling small ground-dwelling lizards and frogs in the forests of southeastern Australia was examined. Pitfall/drift fence systems employing long drift fences were more effective than short or no-fence systems in terms of the number of individuals and species caught, but were time consuming and caused considerable habitat disturbance. Various pitfall trap designs were compared. Generally, simple open-necked and funnel traps were more effective than traps with shelter and shelter/drift arm traps. It is suggested that in forested habitats, groups of individual open necked pitfall traps or short-fence systems may be just as effective and no more costly in installation time than systems employing long drift fences and more complex bap types.
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Research-Article| March 17 2014
Effectiveness of pitfall/drift-fence systems for sampling small ground-dwelling lizards and frogs in southeastern Australian forests
State Forests of New South Wales, P.O. Box 100, Beecroft, New South Wales 2119
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Australian Zoologist (1999) 31 (1): 118–126.
Garry Webb; Effectiveness of pitfall/drift-fence systems for sampling small ground-dwelling lizards and frogs in southeastern Australian forests. Australian Zoologist 1 June 1999; 31 (1): 118–126. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1999.012
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