Casey Arthropod (Springtails) Sampling February 2017 - Abundance data
A data set of abundances of Nanorchestes antarcticus Strandtmann, 1963 (Acari) generated while searching for any presence of springtails at Casey Station and surroundings. Laura Phillips and Jessica Hoskins of Monash University generated the data.
A spatially explicit database of sites where live springtails were collected, including altitude, vegetation type and collection method. The idea was to search for a Cryptopygus species reported from Casey station. See Nielsen, U. N., and King, C. K. (2015). Abundance and diversity of soil invertebrates in the Windmill Islands region, East Antarctica. Polar Biology, 38(9), 1391-1400. doi:doi:10.1007/s00300-015-1703-2 and also Greenslade, P. (2015) Synonymy of two monobasic Anurophorinae genera (Collembola: Isotomidae) from the Antarctic Continent. New Zealand Entomologist 38, 134-141. doi: 10.1080/00779962.2015.1033810. No springtails were detected in the field.
Spatial data in degrees, minutes, seconds, temperature in degrees Celsius, elevation in metres, date as day/ month/year, cover in percentage, animal abundance in numbers of individuals.
Animals were collected by searching and aspiration or by extraction of small moss samples using a modified Tullgren extraction method.