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A simple technique for trapping Siren lacertina, Amphiuma means, and other aquatic vertebrates

Journal of Freshwater Ecology

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Abstract

We describe a commercially-available funnel trap for sampling aquatic vertebrates. The traps can be used in heavily vegetated wetlands and can be set in water up to 60 cm deep without concern for drowning the animals. They were especially useful for capturing the aquatic salamanders Siren lacertina and Amphiuma means, which have been difficult to capture with traditional sampling methods. They also were effective for sampling small fishes, particularly centrarchids, and larval anurans. In total, 14 species of amphibians, nine species of aquatic reptiles, and at least 32 fish species were captured. The trap we describe differs significantly from traditional funnel traps (e.g., minnow traps) and holds great promise for studies of small, aquatic vertebrates, in particular Siren and Amphiuma species.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A simple technique for trapping Siren lacertina, Amphiuma means, and other aquatic vertebrates
Series title:
Journal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume
19
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
263
Last page:
269
Number of Pages:
7