Centipede catch in pitfall traps with leading boards


  • Tanja Grgič
  • Ivan Kos




sampling methods, pitfall-trapping, migration, community dynamics, soil arthropods


In investigations of soil arthropods, different methods are used for collecting specimens. During centipede community investigation in unevenly aged beech stand in Dinaric forests in Slovenia pitfall traps with leading boards were used to catch centipedes that walked in a certain direction. In present paper these traps and catching centipedes using them is presented. In studied stand 30 pitfall traps (each having 2 collecting vessels) with leading boards were placed and emptied through the whole year of 2003. 2367 centipedes from 37 species (out of 44 species already found in this stand) were caught. The majority of catch presents well mobile, bodily bigger epigeic lithobiids that prefer litter layer. The portion of juveniles was very low.


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Grgič, T., & Kos, I. (2009). Centipede catch in pitfall traps with leading boards. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 52(2), 107-113. https://doi.org/10.14720/abs.52.2.15203

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