Status: 

Completed

Title

Habitat selection/Caracolus caracolla and other snails
Summary

DOI: 

10.6073/pasta/4a86c4fd3607f33a1f046c57b3b39a16

Short name: 

LUQMetadata41

Data set ID: 

41

Abstract: 

Various habitat characteristics are presented, as well as the apparency of common plant taxa at 7 heights (every 0.5 m from ground level to 3 m). The files are divided because variables measured varied by year. This data set consists of 7 files. Data sets from 1991 through 1995 each have slightly different categories for measures of litter depth, canopy openness, or physical features (e.g. slope, aspect, soil type) that are not always included in later data sets. In addition, plant species recorded changed slightly over this time period, but were standardized by 1996. Various habitat characteristics are presented, as well as the apparency of common plant taxa at 7 heights (every 0.5 m from ground level to 3 m).

Dates
Date Range: 
1991-03-01 00:00:00 to 1995-07-01 00:00:00
People

Additional Project roles: 

Name: Christopher P. Bloch Role: Associated Researcher
Name: Stephen Cox Role: Associated Researcher
Name: Eda Melendez-Colom Role: Data Manager
Methodology

Methods: 

Ranked variables (Rock Cover, Litter Cover, Dead Wood Cover, Vine Cover) assume one of five states depending on the relative amount of cover (1 = 0-20%, 2 = 21-40%, 3 = 41-60%, 4 = 61-80%, 5 = 81-100%). Canopy openness was evaluated using a spherical densiometer positioned 0.5 m away from the point in each of the cardinal directions. The average of these four readings can be considered a description of canopy openness. A nail was driven into the forest floor 1 m from the point in each of the cardinal directions, the number of leaves obtained thus is used as an estimate of litter cover. Plant apparency (Cook and Stubbendieck 1986) for common species was also recorded. The number of foliar intercepts, defined as a species-specific count of vegetation touching a wooden dowel, was counted at each of 7 heights (0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 m) using a plant apparency device (Cary 1992, Secrest 1995). Four 0.5-m dowels were positioned at 90-degree angles at each height. The device was positioned 1.5 m from the central point in each cardinal direction, and the number of intercepts recorded. Blank cells in the data files indicate missing values or variables that were not measured during a sampling period.

Additional information: 

There are 7 data sources (files): 1991Wet, 1991Dry, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996-2016. This data set contains the first 6.  The 1996-2016 data is in  data set #194.

Status: 

Completed

Time Period: 

Long-Term