|SREL Reprint #0658|
Activity, Abundance and Diversity of Amphibians in Differently Managed Forest
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