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Ground-dwelling arthropod composition, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, 2009—Data

Data for journal manuscript: Taxonomic and compositional differences of ground-dwelling arthropods in riparian habitats in Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA


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Ralston, B.E., Cobb, N.S., Brantley, S.L., Higgins, J., and Yackulic, C.B., 2017, Ground-dwelling arthropod composition, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, 2009—Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data were compiled from pitfall traps deployed at three sites, along a 25 kilometers (km) stretch of the Colorado River, immediately downstream of Glen Canyon Dam, in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Each site had both pre and post-dam riparian habitats present. The purpose of the sampling was to determine if arthropod abundance, diversity and feeding guilds differed between habitats. Sampling for ground-dwelling arthropods using pitfall traps occurred continuously between June 17 and September 9, 2009. The site numbering proceeds from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. Transects were composed of 10 pitfall traps approximately 10 meters apart in a line parallel with the river in both zones (Upper riparian zone (pre-dam habitat) [...]


Point of Contact :
Barbara Ralston
Originator :
Barbara Ralston
Metadata Contact :
Terence Arundel
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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SDC Data Owner :
Southwest Biological Science Center

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The purpose of the sampling was to determine if arthropod abundance, diversity and feeding guilds differed between habitats. These data serve as an initial inventory of ground dwelling arthropods found in Glen Canyon. The collections serve as a reference vouchers to researchers needing to verify identifications. They are accessible at Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico.


The authors of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7154FH8

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