Disentangling the effects of latitudinal and elevational gradients on bee, wasp, and ant diversity in an ancient Neotropical mountain range
Perillo, Lucas; Castro, Flávio; Solar, Ricardo; Neves, Frederico (2021), Disentangling the effects of latitudinal and elevational gradients on bee, wasp, and ant diversity in an ancient Neotropical mountain range, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.cnp5hqc46
Our study was conducted along a latitudinal gradient ranging from 12ºS to 20ºS and elevation ranging from 1000 to 2072 m in a standardized sampling, considering a single ecosystem: the campo rupestre. It is a neotropical grassland mosaic in association with azonal vegetation complexes on rocky outcrops, formally classified as old, climate-buffered, and infertile landscapes (OCBILs). The campo rupestre distribution is manly associated with Espinhaço Mountain Range surfaces (above 900 m, a mountainous formation that extends for more than 1200 km north-south, with east-west width rarely exceeding 100 km. We rely on a unique dataset of Aculeata sampled in 12 mountains, covering 1200 km from south to north (nine degrees of latitude) and an elevational range from 1000 m up to 2000 m. In each locality (n=12 mountains) we selected two sample sites at different elevations, always in campo rupestre ecosystem, to test the elevation effect: one at the mountain base (Lower site: 1100 m) and another one near the mountain summit (Upper site: ranging from 1300 to 2000 m). We installed five trap sets 200 m apart from each other at each elevation mountain site, totalling 120 trap sets. Each set was composed by one malaise trap (to capture flying Acuelata; exposed in the field for 14 hours), four Moericke traps (yellow pan traps to capture pollinators; 48 hours each), and four pitfall traps (to capture ground Aculeata; 48 hours each) totalling 17,280 malaise trap hours, 23,040 Moericke, and 23,040 pitfall trap hours within the 120 trap sets. Each locality was sampled once, during the rainy season (November to February between 2013 and 2016).
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