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25 September 2019 Foliage Arthropod Biomass Equations for Open Vegetation Conditions of the Pacific Coast Range
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Field studies of arthropod abundance may also need to know biomass. Biomass is used in studies of food web structure and tropic cascades, and for estimating vertebrate food sources and plant damage from herbivory. Weighing individual insects is time-consuming and body length is a more practical field measurement. We develop an allometric equation for arthropod biomass (wet and dry weight) as a function of length for application to field studies in the Pacific Coast region, USA. Our results are consistent with prior all-taxa equations.

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Craig Loehle, Melissa Scherr, and Jake Verschuyl "Foliage Arthropod Biomass Equations for Open Vegetation Conditions of the Pacific Coast Range," Northwest Science 93(2), 155-158, (25 September 2019). https://doi.org/10.3955/046.093.0206
Received: 13 October 2018; Accepted: 5 April 2019; Published: 25 September 2019
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