Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2007 Estimating Acridid Densities in Grassland Habitats: A Comparison Between Presence-Absence and Abundance Sampling Designs
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Sampling methods to estimate acridid density per surface area unit in grassland habitats were compared using presence-absence data and count data. Sampling plans based on 6 yr of surveys were devised to estimate the density of Chorthippus spp., Euchorthippus spp., and Calliptamus italicus L. These acridids represented >90% of species in the study area. Sampling plans based on count data provided a reasonable tool when densities were >1/m2 and when the level of precision was 0.20–0.30. A binomial sampling plan can be used to estimate C. italicus density with a level of precision ≥0.28. Sampling characteristics, i.e., estimated mean, actual precision, and sample size, were established on validation data sets with bootstrapping analysis. Sampling costs were also calculated according to density-dependent functions. Comparison between binomial sampling and enumerative sampling of C. italicus showed that binomial sampling required less time than enumerative sampling when densities were ≤2/m2 and when fixed precision was >0.35. Plot area had no significant effect on sample variances of counts.

I. Badenhausser, P. Amouroux, and V. Bretagnolle "Estimating Acridid Densities in Grassland Habitats: A Comparison Between Presence-Absence and Abundance Sampling Designs," Environmental Entomology 36(6), 1494-1503, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X(2007)36[1494:EADIGH]2.0.CO;2
Received: 2 November 2006; Accepted: 13 August 2007; Published: 1 December 2007
JOURNAL ARTICLE
10 PAGES

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.
+ SAVE TO MY LIBRARY

SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top