oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The efficacy of pitfall traps for determining the structure of a desert ant community

Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Pitfall trapping was found to be an unreliable way of determining the structure of a Namib Desert epigaeic ant community. There were considerable intra- and interspecific differences in the probability of encountering randomly distributed pitfall traps and in the vulnerability to capture when pitfall traps were encountered.

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