SREL Reprint #0658




Terrestrial Activity, Abundance and Diversity of Amphibians in Differently Managed Forest Types

S. H. Bennett, J. W. Gibbons, and J. Glanville



Diversity indices and relative abundances were determined for amphibians inhabiting three differently managed forest types in South Carolina.  Study sites were contiguous around a small lake, and included a slash pine (Pinus elliotti) forest, a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) forest and a hardwood (predominately oak-hickory) forest.  Amphibians were collected using a drift fence and pitfall trap method.  Captured animals were marked so that recaptures could be removed from calculations of indices.  The dates of study were 30 June-10 August 1977 and 20 June-15 August 1978.

The three study sites were similar in species diversity and the evenness component for combined summer data and for the summer of 1978.  The hardwood forest had a higher diversity in the summer of 1977.  The hardwood forest yielded approximately 50% more individual amphibians than either pine forest during both years.


SREL Reprint #0658

Bennett, S.H., J.W. Gibbons, and J. Glanville. 1980. Terrestrial activity, abundance and diversity of amphibians in differently managed forest types. The American Midland Naturalist 103:412-416.

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